A Game-Based Approach to Building a Sustainable Supply Chain

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While firms in different industries face increasing pressure from society and regulatory bodies to address sustainability challenges, critical questions remain unanswered regarding how supply chains should prioritise processes, allocate resources, and integrate with other supply chains to develop bio-packaging products. We explore those questions by testing a Serious Game (SG) with stakeholders of the bioplastics supply chain in the UK. We find that SG facilitates the configuration of the BSC bio-packaging supply chain (BSC) for compostable products by prioritising the implementation of downstream processes integrated with the biofuel and agriculture supply chain and closed-loop business models (i.e., integration of production, commercialisation, and end-of-life) supported by normative regulations, communication and education with the consumers and investments at the end-of-life. In addition, under crisis scenarios (i.e., extended pandemic, climate change, and economic crisis), attention must be given to solutions that address local needs, downstream processes, and cost-effective bio-packaging.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFlexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing
Subtitle of host publicationEstablishing Bridges for More Sustainable Manufacturing Systems - Proceedings of FAIM 2023
EditorsFrancisco J. Silva, Luís Pinto Ferreira, José Carlos Sá, Maria Teresa Pereira, Carla M.A. Pinto
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-38165-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-38164-5
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2023
Event32nd International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 18 Jun 202322 Jun 2023

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
ISSN (Print)2195-4356
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4364


Conference32nd International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing
Abbreviated titleFAIM 2023
Internet address


  • Serious Game
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Bioplastics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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