Decarbonisation of operations management – looking back, moving forward: a review and implications for the production research community

Ana Beatriz Lopes de Sousa Jabbour, Charbel Jose Chiappetta Jabbour*, Joseph Sarkis, Angappa Gunasekaran, Marcelo Wilson Furlan Matos Alves, Daniela Andriani Ribeiro

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This paper systematically analyses the vital motivations, drivers and barriers to the adoption of low-carbon operations management practices in response to climate change, highlighting the implications for the International Journal of Production Research (IJPR)’s community, which has contributed significantly to discussion of and research into sustainable production. Based on a thorough review of key articles on low-carbon operations management published in a number of prestigious journals, seven propositions for future research are suggested. Additionally, a unique classification of the barriers to and motivations for low-carbon production is put forward. These areas, which deserve further investigation, are (a) economic issues, (b)  policy, (c) technology, (d) governance and (e) the market. The research agenda proposed for low-carbon production and operations may prove useful to the production research community in planning future developments and research projects, increasing knowledge and designing teaching modules on the topic. The study concludes by shedding light on the main research opportunities that IJPR’s community will encounter.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalInternational Journal of Production Research
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 16.01.2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • sustainable production
  • sustainable industrial engineering
  • low-carbon economy
  • sustainable operations management
  • sustainable supply chain
  • climate change


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