An integrated architecture for implementing extended producer responsibility in the context of Industry 4.0

Fu GU, Jianfeng Guo, Philip Hall, Xinjian Gu

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Abstract

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is a regulatory measure to enforce the life cycle management of electrical and electronic equipment, however, the implementation of EPR programmes is not as effective as expected. In the face of the fourth industrial revolution that commonly labelled as ‘Industry 4.0,’ this paper proposes an integrated architecture to achieve effective and efficient EPR from the manufacturer perspective, and attention is specifically paid on promoting information sharing. On the basis of the selected case study, a smart refrigerator plant of Haier, the architecture integrates information systems and facilitates life cycle management. Particularly, eco-design and end-of-life disposal, the two lasting problems in the current practises of implementing EPR, can be enforced based on product modularisation and high level of information availability that provided by the architecture. The outcomes of this study provide a valuable reference for other sectors that involve EPR or product life cycle management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1458-1477
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Volume57
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2019

Keywords

  • Industry 4.0
  • extended producer responsibility
  • information sharing
  • integration
  • life cycle management
  • smart factory
  • sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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