"Process Supply Chains are complex macro-systems that assure the delivery of process-based products to end consumers. At the core of its operations, chemical process drive the transformation of raw materials into a diversity of products where the incorporation of innovative solutions is a constant to answer to market dynamics. The delivery of customized products in the right quantity, time and at the right place while guaranteeing sustainable - economical; environmental and society - goals is to be pursued. Being process supply chains highly dependent of natural resources, such dependency has to be dealt with. New business models have to be derived to design and operate efficient and agile sustainable supply chains – able to pact with resource scarcity through the development and implementation of solutions and practices that retain the value of products, materials and resources in the system, for as long as possible, while minimizing the generation of waste and the consumption of water and energy.
This context defies chemical process engineers with new challenges and opportunities. It is time to boost transitions towards sustainable process supply chains that will highly contribute to a better world."
Professor Ana Barbosa-Póvoa is an Editorial Advisor for BMC Chemical Engineering. View her profile.