Circular supply chains and renewable chemical feedstocks: A network configuration analysis framework
The aim of this research is to provide a comprehensive decision-making process and a framework for exploring configuration opportunities for commercially viable supply chains (SCs) arising from renewable chemical feedstocks (RCFs), towards delivering value-added intermediates or end-products. To that end, we first introduce an inclusive hierarchical decision-making process that applies to all stakeholders involved in the design and management of circular SCs defined by RCF platform technologies. Thereafter, the identified decisions are encapsulated in a framework highlighting that the potential SC configuration alternatives are grounded on four essential theme areas, namely: (i) renewable chemical feedstock, (ii) technology, (iii) market, and (iv) value and viability. Our analysis highlights the significance of RCFs due to their emerging potential of replacing petrochemicals; however, existing research is evidently limited due to scope and data related challenges, and the inherent complexity at the market side of the respective supply networks.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/K014889/1)
British Council in India (UKUTP201100194)