Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

6-2014

Journal or Book Title

EURO Journal on Transportation and Logistics

Volume

3

Issue

1

First Page

5

Last Page

34

DOI

10.1007/s13676-014-0043-7

Abstract

This paper addresses a multi-period capacitated closed-loop supply chain (CLSC) network design problem subject to uncertainties in the demands and returns as well as the potential carbon emission regulations. Two promising regulatory policy settings are considered: namely, (a) a carbon cap and trade system, or (b) a tax on the amount of carbon emissions. A traditional CLSC network design model using stochastic programming is extended to integrate robust optimization to account for regulations of the carbon emissions caused by transportation. We propose a hybrid model to account for both regulatory policies and derive tractable robust counterparts under box and ellipsoidal uncertainty sets. Implications for network configuration, product allocation and transportation configuration are obtained via a detailed case study. We also present computational results that illustrate how the problem formulation under an ellipsoidal uncertainty set allows the decision maker to balance the trade-off between robustness and performance. The proposed method yields solutions that provide protection against the worst-case scenario without being too conservative.

Comments

This is a manuscript of an article from EURO Journal on Transportation and Logistics 3 (2014): 5, doi: 10.1007/s13676-014-0043-7. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Springer Berlin Heidelberg

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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