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Industry 4.0 to Accelerate the Circular Economy: A Case Study of Electric Scooter Sharing

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Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Chung Yuan Christian University, Taoyuan 32023, Taiwan
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R&D Center for Membrane Technology, Chung Yuan Christian University, Taoyuan 32023, Taiwan
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Institute of Innovation and Circular Economy, Asia University, Taichung 41354, Taiwan
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Department of Medical Research, China Medical University Hospital, China Medical University, Taichung 110122, Taiwan
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Chemical Engineering Department, De La Salle University, Manila 00000, Philippines
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School of Business, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2QL, UK
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Department of Industrial Management, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei 10607, Taiwan
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Sustainability 2019, 11(23), 6661; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11236661
Received: 23 October 2019 / Revised: 8 November 2019 / Accepted: 14 November 2019 / Published: 25 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Circular Economy in Industry 4.0)
To achieve sustainability, the circular economy (CE) concept is challenging traditional linear enterprise models due to the need to manage geographically distributed product life cycle and value chains. Concurrently, Industry 4.0 is being used to bring productivity to higher levels by reducing waste and improving the efficiency of production processes via more precise real-time planning. There is significant potential to combine these two frameworks to enhance the sustainability of manufacturing sectors. This paper discusses the fundamental concepts of Industry 4.0 and explores the influential factors of Industry 4.0 that accelerate the sharing economy in the CE context via a case of electric scooters in Taiwan. The result shows Industry 4.0 can provide an enabling framework for the sharing economy in CE implementation. View Full-Text
Keywords: Industry 4.0; circular economy; interpretive structure modelling; sustainable development; sharing economy Industry 4.0; circular economy; interpretive structure modelling; sustainable development; sharing economy
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Pham, T.T.; Kuo, T.-C.; Tseng, M.-L.; Tan, R.R.; Tan, K.; Ika, D.S.; Lin, C.J. Industry 4.0 to Accelerate the Circular Economy: A Case Study of Electric Scooter Sharing. Sustainability 2019, 11, 6661.

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