An Analysis of Research Trends in the Sustainability of Production Planning

Mohamed Saeed khaled, Ibrahim Abdelfadeel Shaban*, Ahmed Karam Abdelfattah Mostafa*, Mohamed Hussain, Ismail Zahran, Mohamed Mamdouh Yusuf Hussein

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Sustainability has become of great interest in many fields, especially in production systems due to the continual increase in the scarcity of raw materials and environmental awareness. Recent literature has given significant attention to considering the three sustainability pillars (i.e., environ-mental, economic, and social sustainability) in solving production planning problems. Therefore, the present study conducts a review of the literature on sustainable production planning to analyze the relationships among different production planning problems (e.g., scheduling, lot sizing, aggregate planning, etc.) and the three sustainability pillars. In addition, we analyze the identified studies based on the indicators that define each pillar. The results show that the literature most frequently addresses production scheduling problems while it lacks studies on aggregate production planning problems that consider the sustainability pillars. In addition, there is a growing trend towards obtaining integrated solutions of different planning problems, e.g., combining production planning problems with maintenance planning or energy planning. Additionally, around 45% of the identified studies considered the integration of the economic and the environmental pillars in different production planning problems. In addition, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions are the most frequent sustainability indicators considered in the literature, while less attention has been given to social indicators. Another issue is the low number of studies that have considered all three sustainability pillars simultaneously. The finidings highlight the need for more future research towards holistic sustainable production planning approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Article number483
Issue number2
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Production planning
  • Review
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainability indicators
  • Sustainability objectives
  • Sustainable production planning


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