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Clean technologies and energy efficiency in SMEs

Maria Ines Jatib, Juan Ignacio Somoza, Javier Parysow, Horacio Repetto and Agustina Cerullo

A chapter in Logistics 4.0 and Sustainable Supply Chain Management: Innovative Solutions for Logistics and Sustainable Supply Chain Management in the Context of Industry 4.0, 2018, pp 209-218 from Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Institute of Business Logistics and General Management

Abstract: A strategic association has been made between the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) and the Municipality of Tres de Febrero. These institutions jointly analyzed SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) located in the mentioned district, with the aim of designing and analyzing the implementation of clean technologies. Firstly, based on the information provided by the Industry Department, the SME sector was surveyed. Three manufacturing companies from different industries were selected, in order to carry out the proposed study. In this connection, a diagnosis tool was designed for each case, in order to detect possible areas for improvement to optimize the resources required for the process, implement renewable energy sources, minimize waste and improve the working environment, among others. This tool is designed to be used through the whole SME sector, and not exclusively for the analyzed cases. Based on the results achieved, a working team has been constituted with representatives of the associated sectors, in order to design different alternatives to be implemented in each case. Said alternatives aim at minimizing or mitigating the environmental impact caused by the Companies manufacturing processes. The objective is to incorporate technologies and practices following the premise of sustainable development, promoting the environment care, thus improving companies competitiveness.

Keywords: Environment; Clean Technologies; Energy Efficiency (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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