Sustainability in its three dimensions “environmental”, “economic” and “social” can be understood as a description of complex functions for a highly dynamic system to guarantee prosperity at present as well as in the future. The behavioural shift towards a sustainable development is overdue, particularly for one of the main economic drivers: Manufacturing with its important role in global value creation.
Project A2 aims at developing significant,scientific robust sustainability indicators for products and production processes, which can be measured and managed easily for the application in sustainable manufacturing. The first step is to identify globally applicable sustainability goals and objectives. Next step is to check the practicability by narrowing down the set of indicators and use them via case studies together with A3. Furthermore, a method is elaborated to reduce those indicators to a manageable set for the application in sustainable manufacturing, which keeps track of the progress of all three dimensions of sustainability.