Supply Chain and Logistics decisions under Environmental Aspect
There is an increasing awareness of the need for incorporating environmental issues into supply chain and logistics decisions because of damaging effects of increasing waste quantities. Although the effect of rapid pace of development, consumption and population growth on increasing waste production rates cannot be ignored, lack of organization and planning are also reasons for increasing all types of waste quantities in the world. Enacted obligations by governments on waste minimization and end-of-life (EOL) products and shortening life cycles make reverse logistics processes more important in certain industries such as packaging, electrical and electronic equipment, automotive and battery. Economical factors also encourage practitioners to make environmentally friendly decisions about their supply chains. EOL products have the potential for polluting the environment if they are not managed properly whereas they are potential sources of recyclable materials.
The special issue on “Supply Chain and Logistics Decisions under Environmental Aspect” focuses on publishing original and high quality papers that significantly contribute to the managing of end-of-life products and wastes properly in order to comply with governmental regulations and satisfy the expectation of conscious consumers besides gaining economical and environmental benefit. We are seeking papers introducing new concepts and developing new methodologies, especially illustrated by real world examples.
The special issue includes, but is not limited to, the following topics.