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From Closed-Loop to Sustainable Supply Chains: The WEEE case

João Quariguasi Frota Neto, G. Walther, Jacqueline Bloemhof-Ruwaard, Jo van Nunen and T. Spengler

ERIM Report Series Research in Management from Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus University Rotterdam

Abstract: The primary objective of closed-loop supply chains (CLSC) is to reap the maximum economic benefit from end-of-use products. Nevertheless, literature within this stream of research advocates that closing the loop helps to mitigate the undesirable footprint of supply chains. In this paper we assess the magnitude of such environmental gains for Electric and Electronic Equipments (EEE), based on a single environmental metric of Cumulative Energy Demand. We detail our analysis for the different phases of the CLSC, i.e. manufacturing, usage, transportation and end-of-life activities. According to our literature review, within the same group of EEE, results greatly vary. Furthermore, based on the environmental hot-spots, we propose extensions of the existing CLSC models to incorporate the CED.

Keywords: Closed-loop supply chains (CLSC); Cumulative energy demand; Electric and electronic equipments (EEE) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L15 M O32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007-05-11
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