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Sustainable Manufacturing

  1. Loredana Santo1,
  2. J. Paulo Davim2

Published Online: 18 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/0471238961.sustsant.a01

Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology

Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology

How to Cite

Santo, L. and Davim, J. P. 2013. Sustainable Manufacturing. Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. 1–19.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Rome “Tor Vergata”

  2. 2

    University of Aveiro

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 JAN 2013


In recent years, sustainable manufacturing has received considerable attention as a solution to support the growth and expansion of the manufacturing industry, which has been accompanied by growing concerns about climate change, energy security, and scarcity of natural resources. Innovation is strongly required to improve environmental performance and to preserve production and jobs in the coming years. In this article, a definition of sustainable manufacturing is proposed as well as of sustainable development and eco-innovation. Methodologies for the development of sustainable products and new approaches for environmentally sustainable manufacturing are introduced. Finally, two illustrative studies are discussed. The former is an innovative process for exhausted tire recycling, and the latter is dry machining or minimum quantity of lubricant (MQL) in metal-fabricated products manufacturing.


  • sustainable manufacturing;
  • industrial ecology;
  • sustainable development;
  • eco-innovation;
  • remanufacturing;
  • tire recycling;
  • dry machining;
  • minimum quantity lubrication