Sustainable supply chain design and planning: the importance of life cycle scope definition

Bruna Mota, Ana Carvalho, Maria Isabel Gomes, Ana Barbosa-Póvoa

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Companies are continuously being pressured by governments, customers and NGOs to become environmentally sustainable. In the process industries this is a very important problem since the environmental impacts are often very significant. Although the assessment of the environmental performance of supply chains is becoming a common practice, this topic still remains very challenging for various reasons. One of them is complexity. Supply chains are complex systems, involving several entities, flows, and actors with frequently opposing views and goals. Analysing such system requires the use of powerful tools, such as quantitative models, capable of handling the various logistics variables and contributing to the understanding of their interactions and trade-offs. Such complexity often results in a simplification of several aspects of the environmental analysis, being one the life cycle scope definition. In this work, we address this issue and through the use of a mixed integer linear model we study the extent to which life cycle scope definition influences managerial decisions in the design and planning of complex supply chains. A real case-study in the pulp and paper industry is explored.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication27th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering
EditorsA. Espuna, M. Graells, L. Puigjaner
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, Netherlands
Number of pages6
VolumePt. A
ISBN (Print)978-0-444-64080-2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017
Event27th European Symposium on Computer-Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE) - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 1 Oct 20175 Oct 2017
Conference number: 27th

Publication series

NameComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
PublisherElsevier Science B.V.
ISSN (Print)1570-7946


Conference27th European Symposium on Computer-Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE)
Abbreviated titleESCAPE


  • life cycle scope
  • optimization
  • supply chain
  • sustainability


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