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Towards circular economy implementation: a comprehensive review in context of manufacturing industry
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Production Engineering, Production Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5826-8670
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Production Engineering, Production Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5960-2159
2016 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 115, 36-51 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

The concept of circular economy (CE) is to an increasing extent treated as a solution to series of challenges such as waste generation, resource scarcity and sustaining economic benefits. However the concept of circularity is not of novel as such. Specific circumstances and motivations have stimulated ideas relevant to circularity in the past through activities such as reuse, remanufacturing or recycling. Main objectives of this work are: to provide a comprehensive review of research efforts encompassing aspects of resources scarcity, waste generation and economic advantages; to explore the CE landscape in the context of these three aspects especially when they are considered simultaneously; based on an idea of a comprehensive CE framework, propose an implementation strategy using top-down and bottom-up approach in a concurrent manner. To fulfill this objective a comprehensive review of state-of-the-art research is carried out to understand different ideas relevant to CE, motivation for the research and context of their recurrence. Main contributions of this paper are a comprehensive CE framework and a practical implementation strategy for a regenerative economy and natural environment. The framework emphasizes on a combined view of three main aspects i.e. environment, resources and economic benefits. It also underlines that joint support of all stakeholders is necessary in order to successfully implement the CE concept at large scale. The proposed framework and implementation strategy also identify new avenues for future research and practice in the field of CE.

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 115, 36-51 p.
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Circular economy, Framework, Implementation, Resource scarcity, Environmental impact, Economic benefits
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Information Systems, Social aspects
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-184541DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.12.042ISI: 000371187500004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84957849870OAI: diva2:917332

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