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Special Issue "Circular Economy in Industry 4.0"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.
Interests: Green Design; Production Plan and Control; Safety, Health & Environment Management
Interests: Carbon emission; Circular Economy
Interests: Sustainable Consumption and Production; Sustainable supply chain management; Corporate Sustainability
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Over the past decade, there has been a clear trend in promoting sustainable production and consumption (SPC)considering the role of supply chain networks in sustainability. Circular economy has been embedded into Japan and Europe governmental policies, with Japan and Europe. The European Commission’s Circular Economy Roadmap argues that “closing the loop” on linear product life cycles of make, use and discard, and transform them into varying loops of re-use, repair, refurbish and recycle, is a key strategy for competitive growth. Especially, the Japanese government introduced material-cycle society vision based on the reduce, reuse, and recycle (3Rs) principle. Elia suggested as circular product design and production, business models, cascade/reverse skills, cross-cycle and cross-sector collaboration for a circular economy activities.
Tseng addressed Industry 4.0 tools, cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, and big data driven analysis, drive the deployment of a new generation of Circular initiatives. However, the sustainability issue is around the circular economy and industry 4.0. For example, IoT application has been used in mobile taxis to quickly respond to customer needs. The IoT concept and techniques are also being employed in manufacturing to reduce energy consumption during design, production, and service process. Corporate intends to reduce the total cost of provided services for residents By using cloud computing model in mobility and transportation management systems. Singh used cloud computing technologies to calculate carbon footprint in beef supply chain. Gebler showed that 3D printing could reduce carbon emissions. Still, big data is to use and helps the corporates to understand their sustainability performance. The core issues are using big data to create values for corporate while reduce risks.
The artificial intelligence has been implemented in renewable energy and electrical energy to achieve better efficiency to arrive the circular economy. The main advantage of artificial intelligence is to forecast energy consumption and optimize the energy system. Hence, there is a need to explore what is the circular economy in Industry 4.0 era. This special issue is interested to include the topics as follows:
- Cyber-physical systems and circular economy;
- Internet of things (IoT) and circular economy ;
- Cloud computing and circular economy;
- Smart factories and circular economy ;
- Big data driven analysis and circular economy;
- Artificial intelligence and circular economy ;
Prof. Tsai-Chi Kuo
Prof. Raymond G. Tan
Prof. Ming-Lang Tseng
Prof. Kimhua Tan
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Circular Economy
- Sustainable Consumption and Production
- Industry 4.0
- Responsible Consumption and Production