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Energies 2018, 11(2), 275; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11020275

Environmental Sustainability and Energy-Efficient Supply Chain Management: A Review of Research Trends and Proposed Guidelines

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Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, P.le Tecchio 80, 80125 Naples, Italy
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Department of Engineering, University of Naples Parthenope, Centro Direzionale di Napoli Isola C4, 80143 Naples, Italy
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Received: 29 December 2017 / Revised: 16 January 2018 / Accepted: 19 January 2018 / Published: 24 January 2018
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This paper conducts a structured review on the topic of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in the supply chain management context to define research trends on the topic and identify research gaps. The review is carried out using the largest databases of peer-reviewed literature (Scopus and Web of Science). A sample of 122 papers focusing on the topic of energy-efficient and sustainable supply chain management was selected and analyzed through descriptive and content analysis. The review highlights that despite there is a growing research trend on the topic, different research gaps remain to be covered. These gaps concern the factors influencing energy efficiency and environmental sustainability initiatives, the classification of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability initiatives, the impact of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability on supply chain performance, the customer perspective in sustainable and energy-efficient supply chain, and the different technologies supporting the energy efficiency and environmental sustainability initiatives. The research gaps and the research questions identified offer the opportunity to identify areas of investigation to design future research directions and propose guidelines in the field of supply chain management. View Full-Text
Keywords: barriers; customer perspective; drivers; energy-efficient supply chain; green supply chain; information and communication technologies (ICTs); supply chain performance; sustainable supply chain; systematic review barriers; customer perspective; drivers; energy-efficient supply chain; green supply chain; information and communication technologies (ICTs); supply chain performance; sustainable supply chain; systematic review
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Centobelli, P.; Cerchione, R.; Esposito, E. Environmental Sustainability and Energy-Efficient Supply Chain Management: A Review of Research Trends and Proposed Guidelines. Energies 2018, 11, 275.

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