Global Manufacturing: How to Use Mathematical Optimisation Methods to Transform to Sustainable Value Creation

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  • It is clear that a transformation to sustainable value creation is needed, because business as usual is not an option for preserving competitive advantages of leading industries. What does that mean? This contribution proposes possible approaches for a shift in existing manufacturing paradigms. In a first step, sustainability aspects from the German Sustainability Strategy and from the tools of life cycle sustainability assessment are chosen to match areas of a value creation process. Within these aspects are indicators, which can be measured within a manufacturing process. Once these data are obtained they can be used to set up a mathematical linear pulse model of manufacturing in order to analyse the evolution of the system over time, that is the transition process, by using a system dynamics approach. An increase of technology development by a factor of 2 leads to an increase of manufacturing but also to an increase of climate change. Compensation measures need to be taken. This can be done by e.g. taking money from the GDP (as an indicator of the aspect ``macroeconomic performance''). The value of the arc from that building block towards climate change must then be increased by a factor of 10. The choice of independent and representative indicators or aspects shall be validated and double-checked for their significance with the help of multi-criteria mixed-integer programming optimisation methods.

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Author:Rene Scheumann, Armin Fügenschuh, Sebastian Schenker, Ingmar Vierhaus, Ralf Borndörfer, Matthias Finkbeiner
Document Type:ZIB-Report
Tag:Multi-Criteria Optimisation; Sustainability Indicator; System Dynamics; Value Creation Process
MSC-Classification:90-XX OPERATIONS RESEARCH, MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING / 90Bxx Operations research and management science / 90B30 Production models
CCS-Classification:G. Mathematics of Computing
PACS-Classification:00.00.00 GENERAL
Date of first Publication:2012/08/07
Series (Serial Number):ZIB-Report (12-28)
Published in:Appeared in: Proceedings of the 10th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing (GCSM2012), Günther Seliger, S. Engin Kilic (Hrsg.), pp. 538 - 545, 2012 ISBN-978-605-63463-1-6
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Keine kommerzielle Nutzung-Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen

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