The existing industrial linear model of “take–make–waste” and burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil, which are finite energy sources, has led to greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. This has adverse climate impacts including rising sea levels and
global warming. The increasing global population and urbanization are further accelerating climate change due to increases in demand. To provide future generations opportunities to meet their needs without additional harm to the environment, international
efforts like the 1992 Rio Earth Summit and the UN 2030 SDGs call for urgent action and collaboration.
On its part, the APO conceptualized Green Productivity (GP) in 1994 which is in line with these initiatives. GP aims to strengthen the triple bottom line of enterprises comprising productivity enhancement, social justice, and environmental protection.
The GP framework, including its six-step and 13-task methodology, is based on the plan–do–check–act cycle. GP tools and techniques guide businesses to achieve growth and profitability with the least impact on the environment.
This e-course includes five video-based modules. The first module emphasizes the need to take urgent actions for sustainable development and mitigate climate change through adoption of sustainability concepts and frameworks such as GP. The second module
provides an overview of the GP methodology showcasing a step-by-step approach to implementation at an enterprise level. The subsequent modules elaborate on GP tools and techniques such as brainstorming, Gantt charts, ecomapping, waste reduction,
design for the environment, product redesign, etc. The modules also include relevant case studies showing that the adoption of the GP framework leads to profitability, overall well-being of human resources, and minimizing the adverse impacts of industrial
activity on the environment. In addition, videos are presented illustrating similarities with other well-known sustainability concepts such as the circular economy.
The main objectives of this course are:
This e-learning course will cover the following modules: Module 1: Sustainable development: A call for action Module 2: GP: Overview and methodology Module 3: GP tools Module 4: GP techniques Module 5: Approaches
to implementing GP tools and techniques