Digitisation and the circular economy: A review of current research and future trends

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dc.contributor.author Okorie, Okechukwu
dc.contributor.author Salonitis, Konstantinos
dc.contributor.author Charnley, Fiona
dc.contributor.author Moreno, Moreno
dc.contributor.author Turner, Christopher J.
dc.contributor.author Tiwari, Ashutosh
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-11T09:49:04Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-11T09:49:04Z
dc.date.issued 2018-11-01
dc.identifier.citation Okechukwu Okorie, Konstantinos Salonitis, Fiona Charnley, et al., Digitisation and the circular economy: A review of current research and future trends. Energies, 2018, Volume 11, Issue 11, Article number 3009 en_UK
dc.identifier.issn 1996-1073
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.3390/en11113009
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk/handle/1826/13714
dc.description.abstract Since it first appeared in literature in the early nineties, the Circular Economy (CE) has grown in significance amongst academic, policymaking, and industry groups. The latest developments in the CE field have included the interrogation of CE as a paradigm, and its relationship with sustainability and other concepts, including iterative definitions. Research has also identified a significant opportunity to apply circular approaches to our rapidly changing industrial system, including manufacturing processes and Industry 4.0 (I4.0) which, with data, is enabling the latest advances in digital technologies (DT). Research which fuses these two areas has not been extensively explored. This is the first paper to provide a synergistic and integrative CE-DT framework which offers directions for policymakers and guidance for future research through a review of the integrated fields of CE and I4.0. To achieve this, a Systematic Literature Review (SLR; n = 174) of the empirical literature related to digital technologies, I4.0, and circular approaches is conducted. The SLR is based on peer-reviewed articles published between 2000 and early 2018. This paper also summarizes the current trends in CE research related to manufacturing. The findings confirm that while CE research has been on the increase, research on digital technologies to enable a CE is still relatively untouched. While the “interdisciplinarity” of CE research is well-known, the findings reveal that a substantial percentage is engineering-focused. The paper concludes by proposing a synergistic and integrative CE-DT framework for future research developed from the gaps in the current research landscape. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher MDPI en_UK
dc.rights Attribution 4.0 International *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ *
dc.subject circular economy en_UK
dc.subject industry 4.0 en_UK
dc.subject data en_UK
dc.subject 9Rs en_UK
dc.subject digital technologies en_UK
dc.subject digital intelligence en_UK
dc.title Digitisation and the circular economy: A review of current research and future trends en_UK
dc.type Article en_UK

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