Enabling sustainable energy futures: factors influencing green supply chain collaboration

Zahir Irani, Muhammad Mustafa Kamal, Amir Sharif, Peter E.D. Love

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To explore the relationship between sustainability strategies and future energy needs, supply chains need to reduce their CO2 emissions through developing their green credentials and improving performance. Knowledge management (KM) is an enabler to support collaboration efforts. The SCM and KM areas have largely focused on improving organisational performance. While the latter has yielded successful outcomes in different sectors, there is still a scarcity of research on identifying influential factors highlighting those aspects which may enable green supply chain collaboration (GrSCC), thus leading to sustainable energy futures and carbon-efficient production. This paper examines the role of KM in facilitating GrSCC. Through the identification of key factors extrapolated from the literature, a model for implementing GrSCC using a futures-based perspective is proposed. This paper inductively demonstrates the relationship between identified GrSCC factors through fuzzy cognitive mapping technique. Findings support a futures-based perspective that enhances understanding and refines forward-looking strategies for GrSCC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)684-705
Number of pages22
JournalProduction Planning and Control
Issue number6-8
Early online date16 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes

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© 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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  • CO Emissions
  • energy futures
  • fuzzy cognitive mapping
  • Green supply chain
  • supply chain collaboration
  • supply chain management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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