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Creating a Green Supply Chain

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This paper presents a case study of a supply chain that is concerned with the distribution of aluminium metal, starting from raw material from a metal supplier to a casting plant, billets from the casting plant to the component producer, and, finally, die-cast components from the component producer to the market. The paper creates a green supply chain by integrating the concerns of transport pollution, marketing costs, time to market, recycling of scrap metal and energy conservation. Simulation and modelling tools are introduced to aid in the decision-making process of distance selections and choices of transportation in the case study. Based on a series of userinput selections, the simulation results are used to determine a range of optimal plant locations that will balance economic benefits (highest scrap values, least total costs, etc.) as well as environmental stewardship (least pollution).
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Keywords: Decision-making; Marketing costs; Simulation; Supply chain; Transport pollution

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 September 2001

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  • First published in 1993, Greener Management International: The Journal of Corporate Environmental Strategy and Practice (GMI) is the leading quarterly management journal drawing together strategic environmental and sustainability issues as they affect organisations worldwide. GMI enjoys a global reputation for innovation, readability and quality. With an international Editorial Board of over thirty professional and academic experts, GMI maintains rigorous standards for contributions. Following the continued success of its themed issues, GMI now focuses entirely on producing four theme issues a year. These innovative, cutting-edge editions have been widely praised and provide subscribers with unique global perspectives on the issues that matter in corporate sustainability.
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