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On Reconciling Sustainable Plants and Networks Design for By-Products Management in the Meat Industry

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Population growth and rising per capita consumption of meat is growing and is expected to further accelerate in future. The production of beef is undoubtedly an high environmental stressor due to land-use change, water and energy consumption and by-products production. This paper focuses on the distribution and transportation processes of the beef slaughtering’s by-products throughout their proper valorization chains. A methodology, inspired to the LCA, and encompassing data collection, simulation, and multi-scenario analysis is proposed and illustrated. This is applied to a real-world case study from the meat industry to showcase the importance of reconciling plant and network design to address both economic and environmental sustainability.


  • By-products
  • Waste
  • Reverse logistics
  • Closed-loop
  • Meat industry

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This research is part of the S.O.FI.A. Project that has received funding from the M.I.U.R under the Italian CLUSTER Funding Programme and Grant agreement code CL.A.N Agrifood CTN01_00230.

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Accorsi, R., Manzini, R., Baruffaldi, G., Bortolini, M. (2017). On Reconciling Sustainable Plants and Networks Design for By-Products Management in the Meat Industry. In: Campana, G., Howlett, R., Setchi, R., Cimatti, B. (eds) Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2017. SDM 2017. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, vol 68. Springer, Cham.

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