Green and Sustainable Lean Practices


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Sustainability is one of the topics most addressed by the scientific, governmental, and business community, due to the current problems related to climate change worldwide. Although some countries have already set environmental targets for emissions and consumption, there are still organisations that have not committed themselves to adopting sustainable practices. In order to fight this phenomenon, several solutions have been presented in forums and scientific publications, to achieve sustainability in organisations, through the adoption of tools and methodologies that allow organisations to reduce their environmental impact, and contribute to the improvement of their economic and social development. 
Among the several solutions presented, Lean and Green, have been presented more frequently for the contribution of a more sustainable development for companies. Lean, because it allows companies to improve efficiency by reducing waste, contributing to a higher profit margin, and Green, because it presents tools and practices that help improve environmental performance in organisations. However, many other tools have been developed trying to fight the harmful effects of production processes, helping to improve the social aspects of the work into the organizations as well. Indeed, the scientific work around sustainability has increased year after year, showing that scientists are aware of the real problems the World is facing in the last decades, producing results able to mitigate the environmental and social effects of an increased production scale, as a result of the population growth and consumption rise. Thus, all solutions able to contribute to a better environment, society and competitive industry and services are welcome in this Special Issue. Moreover, these solutions are strongly linked to the circular economy, as they seek to reduce, recycle and reuse the products developed by the industry.
This SI aims to be focused on cutting-edge research done or underway in the field of sustainable technology and practices, as well as new management theories and practices, disseminating it and showing what is being done by the scientific community in this field and how organizations are reacting to this challenge and some of them are performing very well, thus attracting other international organizations from various sectors of activity.

List of Topic Areas

  • Eco-manufacturing,
  • Environmental engineering and management,
  • Governance and sustainability,
  • Green,
  • Lean Green,
  • Lean Sustainability,
  • Recycling and Circular Economy,
  • Social responsibility in production,
  • Sustainable development,
  • Sustainable production,
  • New management techniques,
  • Waste reduction.

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Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to ““Please select the issue you are submitting to”. Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

Key Deadlines

Submissions Open: 09/10/2023
Submissions Close: 30/04/2024

Guest Editors

José Carlos Sá, Porto School of Engineering - Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal
Francisco J. G. Silva, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal
José Dinis-Carvalho, Production and Systems Department - University of Minho, Portugal
Olivia McDermott, Professor of University of Galway in Ireland, Ireland