|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|112779||2018||27 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||8993 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 185, 1 June 2018, Pages 740-748
The concept of circularity has been widely discussed in the literature, but the implementation of the circular economy at the micro-level remains unexplored. It is still not clear what are the antecedents for circular economy implementation at the industry level, instead of cleaner production principles and practices have been discussed as essential for circular economy adoption from the bottom up, but more empirical studies are still necessary to better understand the adoption and effects of cleaner production in promoting circular economy. Thus, this paper aims to explore the cleaner production principles and practices adopted by a manufacturing company located in an emerging economy in order to understand how these were valuable in foster circular economy implementation. A case-based research approach was adopted in this investigation. The circular economy practices introduced by the company were analyzed by considering their connections with the requirements when transitioning to a circular economy paradigm, within company-related processes in addition to circular economy areas at the micro-level. An inductive approach was adopted for data analysis to develop some propositions regarding circular economy interactions. The main findings revealed that cleaner production practices for product optimization are valuable to circular economy implementation regarding circular product design strategies. The cleaner production principle of input substitution is valuable for reducing input and use of natural resources as well as increasing the share of renewable and recyclable resources. Technological optimization can contribute to reducing emissions levels. In addition, field data showed that cleaner production practices at the production area enable circular economy practices to be implemented at the micro-level, as well as there is a connection with other circular economy areas (i.e. waste management, consumption, and support). Moreover, the findings confirmed that all cleaner production practices and principles implemented by the organization are connected to each other and across the processes. Further studies may focus on testing the propositions developed in this study in other manufacturing contexts, as well as on the investigation of possible cause-effect relationships that may exist between cleaner production and circular economy transition pathways.