Improving Factory Resource and Energy Efficiency: The FREE Toolkit
Paper in proceeding, 2015

Eco-efficiency is defined as the concept of doing more with less; in other words, creating goods and services while preserving natural resources and reducing waste and pollution during manufacturing. This paper presents a toolkit for eco-efficiency at factory level: the Factory Resource and Energy Efficiency (FREE) toolkit. It contains five key elements; (1) see waste, (2) find solutions, (3) set targets, (4) assess yourself, and (5) create good habits. The FREE toolkit contains a range of games, tools and methods mapped against these five elements to integrate sustainability into factory activities. This paper presents the toolkit structure and an example of the journey for eco-efficiency.


Energy efficiency


Environmental performance


Sustainable manufacturing

Resource efficiency


Mélanie Despeisse

University of Cambridge

Steve Evans

University of Cambridge

IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology

1868-4238 (ISSN) 1868-422X (eISSN)

Vol. 459 640-646
978-3-319-22756-6 (ISBN)

Advances in Production Management Systems
Tokyo, Japan,

Subject Categories

Mechanical Engineering

Environmental Management

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance




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