Toward eco-efficient and circular industrial systems: ten years of advances in production management systems and a thematic framework
Journal article, 2022

Environmental sustainability urgently needs to be embraced as a driver of development for society and industry. While researchers and practitioners herald numerous benefits when adopting eco-efficiency and circular economy approaches, these green solutions are yet to become pervasive principles for designing and operating industrial systems. This study reviews the last ten years of research contributions from the International Federation for Information Processing Working Group 5.7 (IFIP WG5.7) on Advances in Production Management Systems (APMS) through its dedicated annual conference. A systematic literature review method was employed to map the APMS conference papers against eco-efficiency principles and to identify how these principles have been addressed by this research community. A cross-thematic analysis further describes the trends around dominant themes in production research. Finally, the paper concludes with an update on eco-efficiency principles applied to manufacturing and a proposed framework to consider more systematically the environmental implications of advances in production research.


systematic review

environmental sustainability

Circular economy

green manufacturing

sustainable production


Mélanie Despeisse

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Federica Acerbi

Polytechnic University of Milan

Production and Manufacturing Research

2169-3277 (eISSN)

Vol. 10 1 354-382

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Other Mechanical Engineering

Environmental Management

Areas of Advance




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