Harold Krikke is a member of the Department of Organization and Strategy at the Tilburg University since 2004. He first studied Industrial Engineering and Management at Twente University of Technology in Enschede. At the same university he completed his Ph.D. in 1998 in the field of reverse logistics. Since then, he works as an assistant professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam and also as a business consultant at Tebodin consultants. As of 2002 he is a project manager of CentER Applied Research and later became Associate Professor at the faculty Economics and B.A. of Tilburg University.
As of April 2008, he is the RLA Professor of Closed loop supply chain at the Open University Netherlands.
Because of new environmental regulation and the growing importance of sustainability, producer responsibility is becoming more and more important. Regulation such as the WEEE-directive is however increasingly criticized. In this workshop we discuss issues such as (i) international export of electronic waste (ii) national implementations and (iii) the actual environmental improvements and (iv) alternative policies and the WEEE recast which is in progress.
Past RLA Participation
Because of new environmental regulation and the growing importance of sustainability, improving a supply chains eco-footprint is becoming more and more important. The eco-footprint in general can be described as a measure of (human) activities’ impact on our eco-system. Reverse logistics activities can help to improve the eco-footprint of the total (closed loop) supply chain. This not only concerns saving material resources but also for example the carbon footprint. Of course, the extra work for collecting, disassembling, control, cleaning, and repair requires resources such as energy and money. But in many cases, recovery entails less use of these resources than new production.
High quality recovery, in whatever option, reduces the need for virgin resources; both materials and energy (or water). For example, the recycling of aluminum is known to use only 10% of the energy it takes to make new aluminum. Energy needed for closed-loop remanufacturing amounts in many cases to only 15 to 20% of the energy needed for the production of new products. Reduced energy use in turn leads to reduced emissions (and reduced cost). Hence, reclaiming resources involves both economic - and environmental gains provided that recovery substitutes new production.
This workshop discusses the different ways to measure the eco-footprint, the impact of reverse logistics and how to retrieve actual data from your SC information systems. We also present a real life case.
So far Economic and Environmental objectives seem to be worlds apart. With ‘cradle-to-cradle’ McDonough and Braungart aim for maximal synergy. Although it may sound too good to be true, there are already a number of successful business cases. This is in sharp contrast with the earlier messages of NGOs, but also top scientists like Dennis Meadows (Limits to growth). So is the world really changing, does technology save us or is it too soon to draw conclusions? Clearly C2C hold a promise but how do we make it work? Does it apply to all businesses?
Certainly, saving energy and materials are becoming an economic and even strategic issue in supply chain management. In this workshop we try to learn from the C2C approach, to assess its impact on reverse logistics and closed loop supply chains, but also to do a reality check. Topics include: