A seminar hosted by Cincom Systems, Level 5 Lean and HunterNet of Australia invited 20 Managing Directors and Operations Executive from the Sydney, Newcastle and Hunter Regions. The gathering was to hear about the latest strategies available to help companies 'Use Lean to Go Green'.
This is the 4th ‘Use Lean to Go Green’, Lean workshop Cincom Systems and Level 5 Lean have worked on together and arguably the most important.
“Lean management techniques are used by businesses to reduce the wastes which occur in all organisations - be it time, machinery, garbage or energy. ‘Use Lean to Go Green’ is so important because it discusses how the use of these techniques can also reduce a company’s carbon footprint. You may be helping your business and at the same time helping the environment by reducing CO2 emissions,” Greg Mills, CEO Cincom Systems of Australia.
Opportunities to learn about green business strategies, by way of insightful keynote addresses from John Downie and Dr Gary Ellem discussed carbon foot printing and consequences of excessive waste.
University of Newcastle's Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment, Dr Gary Ellem presented the future for the Hunter Region and World's Energy supplies, also discussing the impact for coal exporting.
John Downie, Carbon Coach Founder discussed ways the organisation can understand its current carbon emissions and focus on managing carbon footprints.
A workshop was facilitated by Grant Forsdick of Level 5Lean, who encourage delegates to participate in a real factory and provided valuable lessons in how to incorporate Lean principles to energy and waste use.
Norris Industries, a key client of Cincom ran a case study of their businesses which incorporates a focus on dedication to environmental sustainability and waste reduction.Norris Industry representative, Arvid Taylo explained how without focused support of upper management company wide change is an extreme challenge.
The closing of the seminar ended with an overview of the tools and technologies available to businesses to help them go 'Lean and Green'. An opportunity for attendees to experience some of the technologies on hand at the technology booth was available.
The popular mobile computing solution for tablets and smart phones which assists companies in more efficient planning for their on the road staff as well as reducing travel time and emissions.