The aim of this study is to use material flow cost accounting (MFCA) to assess the level
at which cleaner production (CP) can improve both environmental and economic performance of an organization.
Higher energy and raw material prices are causing CP to grow in relevance and importance.
The amount of waste to landfill is increasing steadily. Most companies are using inefficient processes
and technologies that are obsolete resulting in higher production costs, which, in turn, affect their profitability
and competitiveness. This study was a case study based on a paper manufacturing company using
an exploratory qualitative and quantitative research methodology. The MFCA approach was used
to assess the efficiency of the steam production process using coal-fired boilers. The results indicated
that the process was inefficient resulting in significant negative environmental and economic impact.
Environmental costs were hugely underestimated by management, as non-product output costs were not
included as part of environmental costs calculated by company. Benefits and barriers to CP was also
brought to the forefront at the conclusion of this research.