Circular supply chains and renewable chemical feedstocks: A network configuration analysis framework

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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.

Circular supply chains, decision-making process, network configuration analysis framework, renewable chemical feedstocks, viable supply chains
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Production Planning and Control
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Taylor & Francis
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/K02888X/1)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/K014889/1)
British Council in India (UKUTP201100194)
This research has received funding from the EPSRC Reference No. EP/K014889/1 – “Terpene-based Manufacturing for Sustainable Chemical Feedstocks”, and the EPSRC Reference No. EP/K02888X/1 – “Engineering Driven Sustainable Supply Networks”.