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Green Six Sigma: Are You Going There?

written by: Misty Faucheux • edited by: Marlene Gundlach • updated: 3/14/2013

Green Six Sigma? It sounds like something Kermit the Frog would sport in the swamp. But, actually green Six Sigma is actually the wave of the future that will help companies decrease their carbon footprint. Learn more about the process today.

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    What Is It?

    Cutting down a company’s carbon footprint used to be something of an afterthought. But with a focus on green technology and the environmental impact wielded by people and companies, we are paying more and more attention to this growing trend. Plus, many incentives are being thrown at companies to reduce their carbon footprint. In response, Six Sigma has gotten caught up in the game.

    Six Sigma has been around for years as a way to reduce errors and improve processes. It has only been recently, however, that the concept of green Six Sigma has started really catching on. Green Six Sigma helps companies not only deal with the traditional issues within manufacturing and non-manufacturing processes, but it also helps companies reduce their environmental impact.

    Generally, the goal of green Six Sigma is help companies plan for sustainability and energy reduction while increasing profits. Basically, proponents of this new method combine the tried-and-true processes of Six Sigma while dealing with the current environmental problems that all businesses face.

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    Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

    One way to reduce your company's carbon footprint is by reducing energy consumption. Energy reduction helps the environment because it reduces carbon output. But energy reduction also helps a business since the less energy that you use, the cheaper your overall costs are. It's also true that the elimination of excess energy output improves the overall efficiency of the organization, which is one of the main goals of Six Sigma.

    Some ways that businesses can cut their carbon footprint is by using energy-efficient equipment, which can include everything from printers to computers. Businesses can also save money with process-control systems. Process-control systems reduce the amount of energy used in the manufacturing process, and it can also enhance output levels.

    Green Six Sigma allows businesses to assess the overall impact of green initiatives on their overall budget. Going green can be used as a way to dramatically change the company’s overall business model and help companies move toward green technologies. Wind energy is being used in greater increments to produce energy. Recycled material is now being used in everything from packaging to toilet paper. Green Six Sigma can help companies bridge the gap between a company's current situation to using green technologies, such as solar power and wind power.

    Green technologies and carbon-footprint reduction are the wave of the future. The government is giving incentives to companies that embrace these technologies. But, there are risks and benefits involved in any transition. Green Six Sigma helps a company deal with these risks in an efficient manner. Green Six Sigma will soon become a household buzz word just as Six Sigma was in the past.



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