Thematic Research Framework for Eco-Efficient and Circular Industrial Systems
Paper in proceeding, 2022

Global sustainability challenges are increasingly constraining and driving industrial development. Eco-efficiency and circular economy are powerful concepts providing guiding principles to achieve superior environmental performance. However, they are not systematically integrated into the design, planning, development, management and improvement of industrial systems, potentially resulting in increased environmental impacts and other unintended consequences. This paper presents a thematic research framework based on workshops with manufacturers and researchers in the field of production engineering and management. The framework aims to establish a stronger foundation to advance research and technological development for eco-efficient and circular industrial systems, embracing environmental sustainability as core operating principles.

Sustainable production

Circular economy

Research framework


Green manufacturing


Mélanie Despeisse

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Federica Acerbi

Polytechnic University of Milan

Thorsten Wuest

West Virginia University

David Romero

Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education

IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology

1868-4238 (ISSN) 1868-422X (eISSN)

Vol. 664 379-389
9783031164101 (ISBN)

Advances in Production Management Systems
Gyeongju, South Korea,

Twinning for Industrial Sustainability (TRUST)

European Commission (EC) (EC/H2020/810764), 2018-10-01 -- 2022-06-30.

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Other Mechanical Engineering

Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified

Environmental Management

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance




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