The importance of assessment tools in promoting cleaner production in the metal finishing industry

Arnesh Telukdarie, Chris Buckley, Michael Koefoed

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Various cleaner production (CP) audits have been conducted in the South African metal finishing industry. These studies have been successful in effecting changes to the general status of the local metal finishing industry. In this paper, the initiatives undertaken by a Danish government sponsored project are detailed. The project included the conducting of in-plant assessments, using a tailor-made tool for CP benchmarking. Details on this tool's operations and typical results are presented. Typical assessments indicated potential water savings of 78%, with chemical savings of approximately 30%. The plant modifications undertaken in order to achieve the CP objectives, are described. The affects of these initiatives on local municipal wastewater treatment works are detailed with specific reference to significant reductions in incoming wastewater-borne heavy metals. The main challenge for companies has been data retrieval for the tool and overcoming social barriers for implementing the improvement options. Recommendations include redesigning the assessment tool.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1612-1621
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Cleaner production
  • Environmental audits
  • Metal finishing
  • South Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • General Environmental Science
  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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