The GIN Conference on Logistics | New Technologies & Effective Circular Economy will be co-organized by LAMIH (Laboratory of industrial and human automation, mechanics and computer science), UPHF (Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France) & GIN (the Greening of Industry Network). This GIN conference will build and broaden previous GIN circular economy themes that go back decades. The main goal of the conference is to provide a stimulating transdisciplinary deliberation in which actors from multiple scientific fields and practical experiences can exchange and build knowledge, expertise, and thought related to logistics, emergent technologies and an effective circular economy.
The conference will be held from June 29 to July 1, 2022 @ Valenciennes & Cambrai - FRANCE
Logistics systems and supply chains are facing scrutiny due to depleting resources, rising population, and various socio-environmental crises. Sustainable systems have become more pronounced in response to this scrutiny—requiring joint evaluation of economic, social, and ecological dimensions and performance. In this respect various resources and assets, products, equipment, materials, facilities each need to be managed more intelligently. Circular economy (CE) principles are a promising avenue for more effective and efficient management of sustainably-focused systems. Recently, at COP-26 over 70 countries mentioned circularity and CE principles as a way to address climate concerns.
CE models offer a potent alternative—but CE advancement and transition is not easy. It can be hindered by social, technical, economic, and political barriers.
One CE barrier at the core of this conference is the mismatch between logistics requirements and the current logistics, transportation, and supply chain network infrastructure and tools—we need solutions to support closed-loop activities and linkages as well as CE principle integration across the many ‘R’s’ of circularity. CE is a critical alternative to the classical linear economic model; but it needs relevant and adapted logistics for offering better services and achieving its main objectives. These issues not only require transdisciplinary solutions but also analyses at multiple levels from the broadest macro-economic policies to specific algorithmic developments for optimization of networks and designs.
CE infrastructural development also needs to harness new technological developments—the internet-of-things (IoT), artificial intelligence, blockchains, and big data—offer policy makers, industrial practitioners, civil society, and research institutes a variety of opportunities to actively shape the future of CE transportation and logistics. There are systemic linkages, trade-offs, and critical evaluations that should be part of the conversation and why a transdisciplinary discourse is necessary.
KEY TOPS INCLUDE (but are not limited to):
Theory and Methodology
● Circular Economy Strategies
● Circular Economy via relevant Logistics with the help of new technologies
● Logistics 4.0 through Circular Economy principles in the era of IoT
● Identifying and Overcoming Circular Economy Challenges
● New technologies (IoT, blockchain, drones, autonomous vehicles etc.) in service of Circular Economy
● Analytical possibilities and solutions for the Circular Economy
● New Circular Economy Business Models
● Industrial Symbiosis, Industrial Ecology, and Sustainable Supply Chain linkages
● Theoretical and Conceptual Innovations for Remanufacturing, Reuse, Refurbish, and Repair, and Reclamation
● Sociotechnical Linkages and the roles of various Societal Stakeholders
● Evolution of a Circular Economy to a Circular Society
● Urban design (circular regions)
● Production and Consumption
● Waste management
● Renewable Energy
● Secondary raw materials Innovation and investments
● Remanufacturing, reusing, refurbishing
● Building system resilience through CE
The conference will include discourse and progress on academic, institutional, and societal challenges. It will bring together stakeholders who have already integrated CE principles and have identified CE impacts across social and industrial systems. We encourage case studies, research notes and best practices of businesses embracing the use of new technologies, new trends in modern logistics services and other sustainable innovations inspired by the Circular Economy.