WITKOWSKI Krzysztof University of Zielona Gora

Spoluautoři KUŻDOWICZ Paweł, SANIUK Anna, VIDOVA Helena

The role of reverse logistics in creating added value for producers in metallurgy is presented here. The premise is the choice of reverse logistics for steel supply chain on the one hand, considering their versatile applications. On the other hand, an extremely important issue is that their production is characterized by high dynamics, has a significant impact on the environment, contributing significantly to the use of the valuable resource. This paper will focus on the economical and environmental optimization of reverse logistics processes in steel supply chain. The presented article is part of a research on developing application methods for the settlement of environmental-economic support for reverse logistics processes aimed at reducing consumption of energy and raw materials by metal manufacturers, which ultimately translates into added value in terms of so-called environmental benefits. The process of waste disposal can be significantly boosted by logistics, and especially by the logistics of recovery, which is "fixed" in traditional logistics and yet is representative of the ecological orientation of logistics and therefore very well suited to the imperative of sustainable development. Reverse logistics enables the realization of the idea of a circular economy, which is a departure from the linear model of raw material flow, to a model of closed material-energy cycles, which significantly reduces the high entropy of the modern economy while enhancing the overall utility rate.