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Sustainability in Remanufacturing Process—The Challenges for Its Assessment

  • Paulina Golinska-Dawson
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Part of the EcoProduction book series (ECOPROD)

Abstract

The sustainability assessment gains a lot of interest among researchers and practitioners. The concept of sustainability is not precisely defined. For that reason translating it into measurable process characteristics is a challenge. The aim of this chapter is to identify the key requirements for measuring remanufacturing process sustainability, and addressing all three aspects of the triple bottom line—environment, economy and society. The literature provides many examples on environmental and economic benefits of remanufacturing. However there is research gap regarding the sustainability assessment methods and tools, which might be used to analyze the performance of remanufacturing process. This chapter presents the discussion on the concept of sustainability at a company level, and then the problems of sustainability performance measurement are addressed. The challenges for sustainability assessment of remanufacturing process are identified.

Keywords

Remanufacturing Sustainability assessment methods Performance measurement OECD toolkit 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This chapter refers to results of the research financed by the NCBiR (The National Center for Research and Development) in the framework of the German-Polish cooperation for sustainable development, project” Sustainability in remanufacturing operations (SIRO)”, grant no WPN/2/2012.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering ManagementPoznan University of TechnologyPoznanPoland

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