What Circular Economy Can Learn from Lean and Green Thinking with Keivan Zokaei

Episode 012: Podcast Show Notes

Today on the show we’re diving into the world of lean thinking with lean and green expert Dr. Keivan Zokaei. In this episode we learn about what it means to be lean and green, diving into the Japanese roots of lean thinking and exploring what we can learn from the concept when it comes to the circular economy.

Podcast Highlights and Circular Economy Takeaways

  • 4:30 What is lean? What does it mean to be lean?
  • 9:00 What does it mean to be lean and green - why do initiatives fail?
  • 15:00 Saving resources and money: Examples of lean and green from practice
  • 30:00 The most overlooked part of circular economy

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About Today's Guest

Keivan Zokaei

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Dr. Keivan Zokaei is partner at S A Partners and is a lean thinker, management consultant and author. Keivan has over 15 years of experience in lean thinking, specializing in operations and supply chain management. He has led transformation projects working with organisations including Wartsila, Unilever, Royal Bank of Scotland, WalMart, Scottish Government, Welsh Assembly Government, Tesco, Marks and Spencer, Kraft, MARS, and Sainsbury’s. Previously Keivan was director at the Lean Enterprise Research Centre at Cardiff University. He is also the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award.

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About the Show

Getting In the Loop is a weekly podcast dedicated to exploring how to transform to a more circular society. Join host Katie Whalen as she examines the challenges facing our current resource use and discovers alternatives to the ‘take, make, dispose’ way of doing things. Each week she interviews circular economy experts about what they’re doing and learning. Together we'll uncover what circular economy means in practice and find out what's being done to keep our resources in a loop rather than sent to waste. Let's get in the loop!


 

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