Special Issue "Operations and Innovations for the Environment"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 April 2019).
Interests: supply chain management; management science; green operations; innovation
Interests: supply chain management; logistics management; inventory/production control; marketing/OM interfaces; agriculture and food systems
There have been various major environmental problems in the world, including pollution, climate change, and natural resource depletion. For example, the CO2 concentrations in the Earth’s atmosphere have risen from 280 parts per million (ppm) 200 years ago to about 400 ppm today. There are currently about 5.25 trillion pieces of floating plastic debris in the oceans.
Operations are the transformation processes from various inputs (e.g., raw materials and energy) into goods and services to meet consumer needs. Operational decisions include operations strategy, product design, process design, quality management, capacity, facilities planning, production planning and inventory control, and recycling and remanufacturing, and supply chain management to work with upstream suppliers and downstream customers. To solve these environmental problems, it is crucial for organizations, big or small, to improve and innovate their operations. Through operations improvement and innovation, organizations can procure raw materials that are from renewable resources, design products with more environmental qualities, manufacture products using renewable energy more efficiently, use biodegradable or compostable packaging, recycle and remanufacture from used products, among other things. For example, two Australians designed an innovative product called seabin, a submersible garbage bin that siphons and captures floating debris in the oceans; they teamed up with Poralu Marine, a French company, for manufacturing.
This Special Issue welcomes theoretical and empirical contributions to the broad issue related to operations and innovations for the environment. Topics include, but are not limited to, green strategy, product design for the environment, process improvement, recycling, remanufacturing, waste management, green supply chains, and innovating for the environment. All papers selected for this Special Issue will undergo a rigorous peer-review process.
Prof. Dr. Victor Shi
Dr. Yong He
Dr. Shilei Yang
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