Keywords: sustainable manufacturing, sustainability requirements, standards, regulations, product sustainability impact measure, design for sustainability, DfS, NIST workshop report, metrics, infrastructure
Summary of the NIST workshop on sustainable manufacturing: metrics, standards, and infrastructure
This report summarises the presentations, discussions, and recommendations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Workshop 'Sustainable Manufacturing: Metrics, Standards, and Infrastructure' held at NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA, October 13th through October 15th, 2009. The primary objective of this workshop was to bring together experts and various stakeholders to identify and discuss measurement and standards enablers that positively affect the social, economic, environmental, and technological aspects of designing sustainable production processes and products. The workshop was well attended and consisted of thirty presentations organised under five sessions: 1) government initiatives; 2) industry perspectives; 3) university research; 4) non-government organisations (NGOs) research; 5) solution providers' views. Two breakout sessions and an industry panel provided a set of recommendations for addressing critical issues in sustainable manufacturing.