End-of-life vehicle (ELV) recycling management: improving performance using an ISM approach

Fuli Zhou , Ming Lim, Yandong He , Yun Lin, Shan Chen

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With booming of the automobile industry, China has become the country with increasing car ownership all over the world. However, the end-of-life vehicle (ELV) recycling industry is at infancy, and there is little systematic review on ELV recycling management, as well as low adoption amongst domestic automobile industry. This study presents a literature review and an interpretive structural modeling (ISM) approach is employed to identify the drivers towards Chinese ELV recycling business from government, recycling organizations and consumer’s perspectives, so as to improve the sustainability of automobile supply chain by providing some strategic insights. The results derived from the ISM analysis manifest that regulations on auto-factory, disassembly technique, and value mining of recycling business are the essential ingredients. It is most effective and efficient to promote ELV recycling business by improving these attributes, also the driving and dependence power analysis are deemed to provide guidance on performance improvement of ELV recycling in the Chinese market.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-243
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Early online date22 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2019

Bibliographical note

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Cleaner Production. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Cleaner Production, [228], (2019) DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.04.182

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  • ELV recycling management
  • Renewable resources
  • Geographical discrepancy
  • Driving and dependence power
  • Interpretive structural model (ISM)

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