Decarbonization and Supply Chains

As climate change is unavoidable, our collective responses have the potential to forge a decarbonized, net-zero economy. Collaborative mechanisms—with institutional and organizational stakeholders working toward shared goals—is key to bringing decarbonization to fruition.

Government initiatives create public policy frameworks for making infrastructure investments necessary to address climate change. Business sectors and organizations should take action to close significant gaps in carbon intensive activities—if not for mitigation purposes, then for adaptation. For example, forestation initiatives – planting trees in exchange for annual compensation from the government were designed to help stop erosion and ensure ample crop supply. Examples supply chain carbon neutrality measures include companies such as Microsoft and Royal Dutch Shell paying timberland owners to keep trees standing to offset carbon emissions. These are some examples of private and public initiatives; many more possibilities and initiatives exist.

One clear requirement is that successful decarbonization hinges on supply chain innovations. Innovations may or may not contribute to decarbonization directly. Example innovations include Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing, reverse logistics, and green technologies—whose contributions to decarbonization are debatable. Subsequently, research is needed to further understand, build effective theory, concepts, frameworks, and tools for supply chain decarbonization that drive carbon offsetting and unlock economic opportunity.

This special issue is interested in all types of well-designed and rigorously performed academic research, including conceptual papers, empirical research, qualitative and quantitative studies. Papers based on qualitative research methodologies are encouraged to be grounded in pragmatic issues and case studies. We invite and encourage you to submit your research to the special issue on “Decarbonization and supply chains".

Submissions may address but are not restricted to the following topics:

•  Supply chain management and decarbonization, within and across industrial supply chain sectors

•  Supply chain supplier development and decarbonization

•  The role of the public, regulators, and other stakeholders on decarbonization of supply chains

•  New and collaborative product development and decarbonization

•  Manufacturing, innovation, and technology in decarbonized supply chains

•  E-supply chains and decarbonization

•  Making the business case for decarbonized supply chains

• Human resources and behavioral research in decarbonized supply chains

We especially encourage both standard manufacturing supply chains, but also non-traditional supply chains such as agriculture, food, and finance supply chains.


Special Issue information:

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Accepted submissions are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the

 Manuscripts should be submitted online at articles, review articles as well as viewpoints are invited.


Publication schedule:

The deadline for submissions is the end of June 2022. 

Submissions due: June 30th, 2022

Final version of papers due: November 30th, 2022

Notification of Final Acceptance for Publication: January 28th, 2023


Questions should be addressed to the guest editors:

Professor Chunguang Bai

School of Management and Economics

University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

No. 2006, Xiyuan Ave, West Hi-Tech Zone, 611731

Chengdu, P.R. China

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Professor Anicia Jaegler

Kedge business School, Paris, France

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Professor Qingyun Zhu

College of Business

The University of Alabama in Huntsville

301 Sparkman Drive

Huntsville, AL 35899

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Professor Joseph Sarkis

Foisie Business School

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

100 Institute Road

Worcester, MA , USA

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Hanken School of Economics

Humlog Institute

Helsinki, Finland

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Doctor Wei Chen

College of Management Science

Chengdu University of Technology

No. 1, East Third Road, erxianqiao, Chenghua District, 610059

Chengdu, P.R. China

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