Circular Supply Chain Management in the Wind Energy Industry - A Systematic Literature Review

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The shift to a circular economy and the use of wind energy are key components in achieving the climate goals that some governments like Germany have set for themselves. Nevertheless, the wind energy industry is still predominantly organized as a linear system. Therefore, this paper outlines the existing research on the wind energy supply chain and embeds it in the context of a circular economy. The results show that some aspects of the circular economy have recently gained attention. For instance, the recycling of wind turbine blades is often discussed in literature. However, circular thinking is still underrepresented in supply chain management research. For example, studies on return, recover and deliver processes are rare. By presenting a structured overview of the current state of research, an agenda for future investigations can be derived. Hence, this publication makes a clear contribution towards becoming more circular in the wind energy supply chain.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManufacturing Driving Circular Economy : Proceedings of the 18th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing, October 5-7, 2022, Berlin
EditorsHolger Kohl, Günther Seliger, Franz Dietrich
Number of pages9
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Schweiz
Publication date26.04.2023
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-28838-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-28839-5
Publication statusPublished - 26.04.2023
Event18th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing 2022: Manufacturing driving Circular Economy - Production Technology Centre (PTZ), Berlin, Germany
Duration: 05.10.202207.10.2022
Conference number: 18

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements. Funded by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture under grant number ZN3489 within the Lower Saxony “Vorab” of the Volkswagen Foundation and supported by the Center for Digital Innovations (ZDIN).

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    Research areas

  • Engineering - Circular Supply Chain Management, Sustainability, Circular Economy, Wind Energy, Literature Review, Supply Chain Management