An Overview of Current Models and Approaches to Biomass Supply Chain Design and Management

  • Emanuela Melis
  • Andrea Vincis
  • Pier F. Orrù
Biomass and Biofuels (P Fokaides, Section Editor)
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Purpose of Review

The paper focuses on the progress related to models and approaches for an optimal design and management of biomass supply chains. A literature review has been conducted, and previous review papers have been used as bases. Do most of the current models adopt the same decision level, mathematical methodology and type of objective of those identified by previous reviews? Are there any innovative approaches to revitalise the considered research topic?

Recent Findings

Most of the works published in 2017 and in early 2018 reflect the past literature reviews; regrettably, few relevant advances have been achieved in the recent period to face up the major gaps. Innovative works apply Life Cycle Assessment, Multi-Criteria Analysis, CyberGIS or Agent-Based approaches to biomass supply chain optimisation.


Future research should address, for instance, sustainability of biomass supply chains through a more comprehensive approach including economic, environmental, social and policy-related issues, integration of the decision levels to meet the needs of different stakeholders.


Biomass Supply chain Design Management Optimisation Simulation 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Emanuela Melis, Andrea Vincis and Pier F. Orrù each declare no potential conflicts of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical, Chemical and Materials EngineeringCagliariItaly

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