Definitions for "Cleaner production"
improvements to a production process so the process uses less energy, water or other input, or generates less waste or less environmentally harmful waste (adapted from the Waste Environmental Protection Policy).
systems or programmes to improve the efficiency of resource and energy use and minimise waste
The continuous application of an integrated preventive environmental strategy applied to processes, products, and services to increase overall efficiency and reduce risks to humans and the environment. For production processes cleaner production includes conserving raw materials and energy, eliminating toxic raw materials, and reducing the quantity and toxicity of all emissions and wastes. For products it involves reducing the negative impacts along the life cycle of a product, from raw materials extraction to its ultimate disposal. For services the strategy focuses on incorporating environmental concerns into designing and delivering services. (United Nations Environment Programme)