Overview Level 1-4 MASTER
Level 1 – Process-level improvements for sustainability
In many organizations it is the manufacturing process that consumes the most resources but also delivers the most of the value to the organization, i.e. the product – whether physical or service based. All processes have the potential for creating impacts and by understanding the process better it is often possible to reduce or eliminate this impact. In order to improve processes the current status must be analyzed. There are a number of techniques that focus on different factors and yield different results. Knowledge level 1 introduces you to these strategies. Process improvements will often deliver reductions in energy and other resource use or better productivity from the same level of resources.
Topics covered: Material flow accounting and analysis (MFA), Energy analysis, Pollution prevention and Cleaner production (CP)
Level 1 | Part 1
Level 1 | Part 2
Level 2 – Product- and value chain-level improvements for sustainability
Knowledge Level 2 focuses on the methods that producers can choose to improve the environmental performance of their products, identifying the origin of environmental and social impacts. Each stage of the production system, including also the end-of-life (EOL) treatment, affects the environment in different ways. The producer can also influence the performance of upstream processes: materials could be changed, or processes performed by suppliers can be improved. This level focuses on strategies and tools for the sustainability management of products, regarding their environmental performance.
Topics covered: Life cycle assessment (LCA), Supply chain management (SCM), Carbon & Water footprint (Cfp & Wfp), Environmental product declaration (EPD), Design for Environment (DfE)
Level 2 | Part 1
Level 2 | Part 2
Level 3 – Organizational-level improvements for sustainability
Knowledge Level 3 focuses on the methods a company can choose to implement on an organizational level to improve the sustainability of their firm. These are related to the way the company is structured, and the company’s values (environmental, social and economic) that drive their decision-making. This level focuses on systems for the management of sustainability within a company, especially regarding environmental performance and improvements within each life cycle phase.
Topics covered: Environmental management systems (EMS), Life cycle management (LCM), Sustainability communication and reporting, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Key performance indicators (KPIs), Environmental performance evaluation (EPE), Sustainable business models (SBM)
Level 3 | Part 1
Level 3 | Part 2
Level 4 – Systems-level improvements for sustainability
Knowledge level 4 focuses on the strategic level of Cleaner Production and Sustainable Technological Development, and more specifically, on the interactions between technology, policy and management. At this level, we expand our perspective from a single firm to the higher system level of industrial parks, networks, or clusters and international supply chains, and the interrelationships between the firm and its supporting infrastructure systems in the urban, regional and global economy. Changing concepts of the economy, such as ‘green growth’ and the ‘circular economy’, and global policies to combat climate change and to forge a sustainable energy system, force firms to change their strategies. However, to be able to implement their strategies, they have to forge structural changes (e.g. new technologies or partnerships) in the systems-of-systems in which they are embedded.
Topics covered: Industrial symbiosis, Eco-industrial parks, Urban symbiosis, Circular economy (CE), Industrial ecology (IE), Data mining for industrial symbiosis, Industrial clusters
Level 4 | Part 1
Level 4 | Part 2