Designing eco-effective reverse logistics networks

Vitor De Souza*, Milton Borsato, Jacqueline Bloemhof-Ruwaard

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Reverse Logistics Networks (RLNs) have grown in importance after return policies became compulsory. Lately, questions have been raised whether they are as helpful to the environment as possible. Efforts have been conducted to optimize RLNs in terms of their eco-efficiency, minimizing costs and emissions; still, results are not advancing with the necessary speed. Alternatively, the ecoeffectiveness ("doing the right thing" for the environment) approach emerges, promoting a supportive relationship, balancing environment and economy. This research aims to model the design (or redesign) process of eco-effective RLNs. There are numerous ecodesign tools focusing on product or service design, but an eco-effective design process conceived specifically for logistics network design purposes has yet to be delivered. Research was carried out using the Design Science Research Methodology and an exemplification was outlined to demonstrate how the process unrolls. The model was conceived using a combination of the TRIZ method, Upcycling and Industrial Symbiosis. Ecoefficiency of these networks was not evaluated. The proposed design process model will help the conception of more innovative, eco-effective logistics networks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransdisciplinary Engineering: Crossing Boundaries
EditorsMilton Borsato, Nel Wognum, Margherita Peruzzini, Josip Stjepandić, Wim J.C. Verhagen
PublisherIOS Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781614997030
ISBN (Print)9781614997023
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event23rd ISPE Inc. International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering, TE 2016 - Curitiba, Brazil
Duration: 3 Oct 20167 Oct 2016

Publication series

NameAdvances in Transdisciplinary Engineering
PublisherIOS Press
ISSN (Print)2352-751X
ISSN (Electronic)2352-7528


Conference23rd ISPE Inc. International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering, TE 2016


  • Industrial Ecology
  • Material Flow
  • Reverse Logistics Network Design
  • TRIZ
  • Upcycle

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