SUNConferences, Computers and Industrial Engineering 42

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IE's in start-ups & the green economy
Dino Petrarolo

Last modified: 2012-05-21


The transition to a green economy has many implications and opportunities for IE’s and in many cases these are in the realm of newly formed companies or start-ups.

A common theme of the green economy is to conserve energy and other natural resources and reduce pollution. This often focuses on products and services that meet one of several criteria of a green economy. These include: Environmentally friendly and enhancing products and services, renewable energy products and services, clean transportation and fuels and green buildings.

There are also processes by which these products and services are produced, which include: Energy efficient manufacturing, distribution, and construction; Reduction of energy, materials, and water consumption through high efficiency strategies and the switching from carbon to non-carbon components.

From the inputs to produce goods and services to the distribution of the final output to consumers can involve of a complex range of interactions between numerous businesses, customers and/or consumers which creates an abundance of opportunities for IE contributions.

In this address, the journey and ambitions of a start-up renewable energy solutions company in South Africa are presented.

The address outlines the various business, supply chain, technical and operational factors where industrial management and engineering play an important role.

These include the following:
- Optimising price, volume and cost priorities

- Supply Chain, Working Capital and Inventory Management

- Managing Innovation, Quality Assurance and Improvements

- Introducing and applying project and management best practices

- Planning for Growth (Financial, Infrastructural and Resource Considerations)