How IBM Dublin Implements Lean Six Sigma to Go Green

Posted by: meikah | 18 February 2010 | 6:52 pm

IBM has been very vocal about their green initiatives and using Lean Six Sigma for most, if not all, of their processes.

An article on Environmental Leader discusses how IBM goes green by using Lean Six Sigma. IBM initially:

  • Formed a team of about 40 volunteers from around the world and from various groups across the organization to examine areas where improvements could be made – primarily in energy, packaging, solid waste and supplier environmental initiatives. The team members participated in this project in addition to their regular duties. Nearly all the ideas for improvements came from within the group – not from management – and over time we expanded the team to 100 and then 200 employees.
  • The first-year results were impressive. Switching to lightweight, recyclable plastic packing material reduced packaging by 290 metric tons, incidentally lowering GHG emissions for outbound transportation. A variety of energy conservation initiatives in plant and office locations reduced power consumption by 6,300 megawatt-hours.
  • for the second project, a Lean Six Sigma specialist at our Dublin, Ireland, facility learned about a concept developed at IBM Research to apply those principles to energy, water, waste and emissions. With the encouragement of his managers, he worked with the plant’s environmental, operations and process improvement teams to start a pilot project at the plant, using this methodology developed to collect and analyze energy data throughout the plant.

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Source: iSixSigma News

Filed under: Environment, IBM, Lean Six Sigma, Six Sigma, Sustainable Business

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The SixSig Trivia

Posted by: meikah | 9 December 2009 | 9:00 pm

It’s 16 days before Christmas, and I’m sure by now, many of you have already Christmas trees in your homes. Do you get a real tree or those artificial ones?

When my mom was much younger, she would always make her own Christmas trees. Sometimes she would get a real one, other times, she would create a replica of a tree full of snow (soap suds, really). About 10 years ago, she resigned to putting up the same green plastic Christmas tree year after year, and adorn it with different balls or colored-paraphernalia each year.

However, according to the American National Association of Christmas Tree Growers, although artificial Christmas trees are more convenient, “real” trees are better for the environment.

They came up with this chart that shows Christmas tree preferences since 2002.

Data: Christmas Tree Sales

Via: PQ Systems eLine, Data in everyday life

Filed under: Data, Data Analysis, Environment, Six Sigma, SixSig Trivia, Sustainable Business

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Six Sigma and Managing the Environment

Posted by: meikah | 7 December 2009 | 9:39 pm

Six Sigma and Environment Management

From iSixSigma articles:

The current ISO 14001:2004 standard for environmental management systems has explicit requirements for defining and establishing objective targets and measures as part of an organization’s commitment to sound environmental management. Meeting these standards can be made easier when Six Sigma is applied in complement to an organization’s environmental management system. The presence of a robust Six Sigma program – including work completed and documented during DMAIC projects – also can help demonstrate compliance to ISO 14001:2004. The following example illustrates the benefits of using Six Sigma to meet environmental goals.

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*Photo fom Stock.Xchng

Filed under: Environment, Six Sigma, Sustainable Business

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Greening Through Lean Six Sigma

Posted by: meikah | 15 June 2009 | 11:16 pm

Green initiatives are easier to achieve through Lean Six Sigma.

IT Web Reports:

As part of the Smarter Planet initiative spearheaded by IBM, the global IT giant spent two years developing a solution that helps companies monitor and reduce carbon emissions.

Niall Brady, Green Sigma worldwide technical development manager at IBM, said at the conference that the solution has modified LSS principles into a power management analysis solution.

“Things have changed, companies are trying to survive and energy saving and cost is key to that. In the context of energy usage, businesses need to identify opportunities through processes where they can make potential savings. The green Six Sigma management system allows a business to feel confident that its energy is under control and can see benefits through LSS principles.”

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Filed under: Environment, Lean Six Sigma, Six Sigma Organizations, Sustainable Business

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Six Sigma Companies News: GE and its Ecomagination Commitment

Posted by: meikah | 15 June 2009 | 10:29 pm

news on Six Sigma companies

Here’s another edition of Six Sigma Companies News. Next to improving processes is the initiative of going green. Companies are more and more getting conscious of its carbon emission and the other effects they have on the environment.

GE, truly a pioneering and a Six Sigma advocate at that, is also succeeding in their green initiatives. Recently, the company announced that it has “surpassed its first ecomagination goal to reduce its own greenhouse gas intensity, and is making progress against its other goals for revenue growth, water and technology innovation.”

Reliable Plant reports:

In 2005, GE made a series of ecomagination commitments to be achieved sequentially in the years 2008, 2010 and 2012. The first commitment was to reduce its operational greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity 30 percent in 2008. The company surpassed this goal by reducing GHG intensity 41 percent. Greenhouse gas intensity is the ratio of greenhouse gas emissions to Company revenue. GE also has reduced its absolute GHG emissions 13 percent and improved its energy efficiency 37 percent since 2005, keeping on track to meet its 2012 operational commitments in these areas.

With the release of the 2008 ecomagination annual report, GE also announced that it increased its portfolio of ecomagination products and services by one-third, to 80; grew revenues of ecomagination offerings 21 percent, to $17 billion; and increased its investment in the research and development of clean tech solutions 27 percent, to $1.4 billion.

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Filed under: Environment, GE, Six Sigma Organizations

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Wordless Wednesday: e-Vehicles

Posted by: meikah | 20 May 2009 | 4:39 pm

e-vehicles at The Fort

Click on the photo to know more about the e-vehicles.

Filed under: Environment, Sustainable Business, Wordless Wednesday

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Rolling Out the Lean Green Six Sigma Machine

Posted by: meikah | 21 April 2009 | 8:25 pm

As environment awareness increases, people are now into activities that preserve and protect the environment. What’s good about this development is also the increasing market for green initiatives.

The Manufacturing and Technology eJournal carries the story about a Lean Green Six Sigma machine. According to the article:

Green Six Sigma is addressing the real challenges for leadership and senior executives to drive business process excellence while reducing environmental impact; the role of Six Sigma both now and in the future for sustainability, energy reduction and to boost profits.

Evan Miller, president of Hertzler Systems in Goshen, Indiana says, “In a global economy with environmental pressures high on the agenda, organizations are under increasing pressure to control costs, maintain high levels of safety and quality, and save energy. Energy conservation offers the parallel advantages of helping to reduce costs, improving efficiency, as well as reducing the carbon footprint. In this climate increasing numbers of companies are implementing Six Sigma techniques as an efficient and effective means to building a sustainable business and make their operations, products and services more socially responsible, particularly regarding the environment.”

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Incidentally, there is the upcoming The Inaugural Green Six Sigma Conference on May 13 – 14, 2009. Check it out!

This post is also in time for Earth Day tomorrow. :)

Filed under: Deployment, Environment, Six Sigma, Sustainable Business

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Here Comes IBM’s Green Sigma

Posted by: meikah | 18 August 2008 | 8:45 pm

In October last year, IBM announced that they would be launching their green initiatives soon. Its focus would be on developing processes to reduce the carbon intensity of products and processes, and creating a lean green business.

That dream has come to fruition as IBM launches Green Sigma business consulting. Based on Lean Six Sigma, Green Sigma aims to reduce usages of energy and water by using a software that manages networked sensors and data analysis.

CNET‘s Green Tech shares IBM’s carbon dashboard for tracking energy usage at businesses and a more detailed description of how Green Sigma works. Read the post here!

With the present environment degradation, companies—especially manufacturing companies—are among the biggest contributors of carbon and other toxic wastes. With this Green Sigma solution, companies can now have a shot at sustainable business.

Clean and green, and efficient and prosperous!

Greenbang’s Take on IBM’s Green Sigma

Filed under: Environment, Green Sigma, IBM, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Organizations, Sustainable Business

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Lean Six Sigma Saving Money and Environment in Heidelberg

Posted by: meikah | 23 July 2008 | 11:04 pm

ARMY.MIL news reports:

Residents in 10 family housing buildings in Heidelberg have walked through a six-week education process designed to significantly reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste that has to be incinerated.

The pilot project, called “Rumbling Rubbish/Keep It Green” was developed by Heidelberg Recycling Manager Travis Vowinkel, and with the support of the Environmental Division, the pilot program was launched.

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The project has been successful because of Lean Six Sigma. Worked on as a Lean Six Sigma project, the families in the pilot project were educated about recycling and reducing wastes. The education campaign did not only involve info campaign materials but the staff members themselves also met with each family and showed them the recycling process that results in the least amount of non-recyclable waste.

Recycling projects are happen all over the world and some are making progress, others are struggling. But what struck me about this environment effort is the use of Lean Six Sigma. :)

Anyone of you have used Lean Six Sigma in their environment projects, too?

Filed under: Benefits and Savings, Environment, Lean Six Sigma, Military, Six Sigma, Sustainable Business

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