South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
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PANDEY, A.K. y BRENT, A.C.. Application of technology management strategies and methods to identify and assess cleaner production options: Cases in the South African automotive industry. S. Afr. J. Ind. Eng. [online]. 2008, vol.19, n.2, pp. 171-182. ISSN 1012-277X.
Environmental degradation is a burgeoning problem owing to the continual expansion of industrial production, and high-levels of energy and material consumption associated with economic growth. Cleaner Production (CP) is a preventive environmental approach, aimed at increasing resource efficiency and reducing the generation of pollution and waste at source. CP is being implemented globally and in SA, but it is not just an environmental initiative; it also supports other productivity-oriented programmes and strategies. The research study summarised in this paper assessed CP improvement options using two different Technology Management (TM) methods. The objective was to develop a better understanding of CP from a TM perspective. Data was collected through direct participation in case studies within the SA automotive industry. The case studies identified CP focus areas and improvement techniques. Results from the TM assessment were used to suggest strategies to benefit managers of companies and other stakeholders.