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Carbon emission reduction and coordination in a closed-loop supply chain with outsourcing remanufacturing

Na Wang (School of Economics and Management, Southeast University, Nanjing, China) (School of Information Engineering, Xizang Minzu University, Xianyang, China)
Yulin Zhang (School of Economics and Management, Southeast University, Nanjing, China)
Jing Li (School of Economics and Management, Southeast University, Nanjing, China)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 6 September 2021

Issue publication date: 29 November 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Outsourcing remanufacturing is a major form of remanufacturing, and emission reduction is an important part of a manufacturer's production. This paper aims to investigate carbon emission reduction strategies in a closed-loop supply chain (CLSC) with outsourcing remanufacturing and design a contract to coordinate the CLSC.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors establish two-period game models between an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and third-party remanufacturer (TPR) in different scenarios, including decentralized decision, centralized decision and coordinated decision. Furthermore, the authors study the optimal decisions by maximizing the profit model. The authors also investigate the impact of a carbon tax and emission reduction on the optimal decisions through comparative analysis.

Findings

Emission reduction increases the quantity of new products and the OEM's profit. However, emission reduction decreases the outsourcing fee, which is not conducive to remanufacturing; thus, the TPR's profit does not necessarily increase. Compared with a decentralized scenario, the output of remanufactured products and the total profit increase. When the acceptance level of remanufactured products is high enough or when emissions from remanufacturing are low enough, the total carbon emissions are reduced in the centralized scenario. For the coordination of the CLSC, the OEM needs to increase the outsourcing fee and the TPR needs to share part of the emission reduction costs.

Research limitations/implications

The TPR can choose three different remanufacturing strategies, namely, no remanufacturing, partial remanufacturing or full remanufacturing. For the majority of firms, it is difficult to remanufacture all used products. Therefore, the analysis is based only on partial remanufacturing.

Practical implications

The results provide insights for remanufacturing and emission reduction decisions, as well as a decision basis for the cooperation between the OEM and TPR.

Originality/value

The authors combine the OEM's carbon emission reduction with outsourcing remanufacturing, and investigate the impact of technological spillover on the TPR's profit.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (72071040, 71671036), Major Project of Philosophy and Social Science Research in Colleges and Universities in Jiangsu Province (2018SJZDA005) and Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (2242020k30071).

Citation

Wang, N., Zhang, Y. and Li, J. (2022), "Carbon emission reduction and coordination in a closed-loop supply chain with outsourcing remanufacturing", Kybernetes, Vol. 51 No. 11, pp. 3366-3393. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-11-2020-0800

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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