Recent literature on sustainable logistics networks points to two important questions: (i) How to spot the preferred solution(s) balancing environmental and business concerns? (ii) How to improve the understanding of the trade-offs between these two dimensions? We posit that a complete exploration of the efficient frontier and trade-offs between profitability and environmental impacts are particularly suitable to answer these two questions. In order to deal with the exponential number of basic efficient points in the frontier, we propose a formulation that performs in exponential time for the number of objective functions only. We illustrate our findings by designing a complex recycling logistics network in Germany.

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Keywords Complex recycling, Eco-efficiency, Environmental impacts, Sustainable logistics networks
JEL Information and Product Quality; Standardization and Compatibility (jel L15), Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting (jel M), Production Management (jel M11), Management of Technological Innovation and R&D (jel O32)
Publisher Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)
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Series ERIM Report Series Research in Management
Journal ERIM report series research in management Erasmus Research Institute of Management
Quariguasi Frota Neto, J, Walther, G, Bloemhof-Ruwaard, J.M, van Nunen, J.A.E.E, & Spengler, T. (2007). A Methodology for Assessing Eco-Efficiency in Logistics Networks (No. ERS-2007-037-LIS). ERIM report series research in management Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM). Retrieved from