Designing an eco-efficient biomass-based supply chain using a multi-actor optimisation model

Jochem Jonkman, Argyris Kanellopoulos*, Jacqueline M. Bloemhof

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Sustainability concerns emphasise the importance of identifying eco-efficient supply chain configurations which balance economic and environmental chain objectives. The applied modelling approaches for this purpose often assume the availability of raw materials and full coordination within the supply chain studied. Some or all actors in the chain can however pursue individual objectives, making the obtained solutions unfeasible in practice. Economic incentives support aligning the objectives of the different supply chain actors. This paper explores the design of eco-efficient biomass supply chains and economic gain allocation between the supply chain partners. A case study is developed for the sugar beet processing chain in the Netherlands, in which farmers can also choose to produce other competing crops. We observe that higher yields often lead to lower carbon emissions per ton of produce. Hence, eco-efficient solutions are found to have production and processing locations in the most productive regions. Additionally, margin sharing above the minimum sugar beet price is necessary to ensure the production of the desired quantity of sugar beet. Realistic sugar beet prices are determined using a Shapley-value approach, leading to a fair distribution of margin among the farmers and processor in the supply chain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1065-1075
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2019


  • Biobased supply chain
  • Biorefinery
  • Eco-efficiency
  • Gain sharing
  • Multi-actor
  • Optimisation

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