Factors impacting on cleaner production: case studies of Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturers in Tianjin, China

LI, Xiaohong and HAMBLIN, David (2016). Factors impacting on cleaner production: case studies of Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturers in Tianjin, China. Journal of Cleaner Production, 131, 121-132.

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Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.05.066


The literature contains a number of studies exploring factors impacting on cleaner production, but few studying these factors simultaneously. This study has identified these factors in the literature and represented their relationships with cleaner production in a conceptual framework. The key factors included in this framework are ISO14001 certification, eco-innovation of product and process, industrial and government regulations, and environmentally-friendly culture. Nine major Chinese pharmaceutical companies in Tianjin, China, have been used as case study companies to explore the impact of these key factors on cleaner production. The analysis reveals that companies that have ISO14001 certification are likely to be one step ahead; however ISO14001 certification is not the only factor leading these manufacturing companies to be active in cleaner production. It is green process innovation rather than product innovation that directly impacts on cleaner production. The environmentally-friendly culture significantly influences the promotion of cleaner production. It is concluded that the industry needs to promote process-oriented innovations and build environmentally-friendly culture in order to be more active in cleaner production in the long-run. This paper provides case-based insight for cleaner production and environmental sustainability researchers and the strategic direction for manufacturing companies to achieve cleaner production and environmental sustainability. Keywords Cleaner production; Process innovation; ISO14001; Environmentally-friendly culture

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > People, Work and Organisation
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.05.066
Page Range: 121-132
Depositing User: Jill Hazard
Date Deposited: 26 May 2016 12:19
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 04:50
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12426

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