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Available Pathways for Operationalizing Circular Economy into the Olive Oil Supply Chain: Mapping Evidence from a Scoping Literature Review

Sarah Stempfle (), Domenico Carlucci (), Bernardo Corrado de Gennaro (), Luigi Roselli and Giacomo Giannoccaro ()
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Sarah Stempfle: Department of Agricultural and Environmental Science (DiSAAT), University of Bari Aldo Moro, 70126 Bari, Italy
Domenico Carlucci: Department of Agricultural and Environmental Science (DiSAAT), University of Bari Aldo Moro, 70126 Bari, Italy
Bernardo Corrado de Gennaro: Department of Agricultural and Environmental Science (DiSAAT), University of Bari Aldo Moro, 70126 Bari, Italy
Giacomo Giannoccaro: Department of Agricultural and Environmental Science (DiSAAT), University of Bari Aldo Moro, 70126 Bari, Italy

Sustainability, 2021, vol. 13, issue 17, 1-22

Abstract: Circular economy (CE) is increasingly seen as a promising paradigm for transitioning agri-food systems towards more sustainable models of production and consumption, enabling virtuous and regenerative biological metabolisms based on strategies of eco-efficiency and eco-effectiveness. This contribution seeks to provide a theoretical and empirical framework for operationalizing the CE principles into the olive oil supply chain, that plays a central role in the agroecological systems of the Mediterranean region. A scoping literature review has been conducted in order to identify the available pathways so far explored by scholars for reshaping the olive oil supply chain from a circular perspective. The analyzed literature has been charted on the base of the circular pathway examined, and according to the supply chain subsystem(s) to which it refers. Results are discussed highlighting the main issues, the technology readiness level of the available pathways, the prevailing approaches and knowledge gaps. A synthetic evidence map is provided, framing visually the scrutinized pathways into the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CE ‘butterfly’ graph. The work is intended to be a valuable baseline for inquiring how circularity can be advanced in the specific supply chain of olive oil, and which are the strategic opportunities, as well as the barriers to overcome, in order to foster the transition.

Keywords: olive oil; circular economy; valorization pathways; conversion technologies; scoping review (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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