Mapping Sustainable Structural Dimensions for Managing the Brazilian Biodiesel Supply Chain


  • Silvio Francisco dos Santos Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ); National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro).
  • Suzana Borschiver Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
  • Vanderléa de Souza National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro).



biodiesel, supply chain, supply chain management, sustainability, competitiveness, dimensions, critical factors


It has been widely discussed in Brazil that the production of biodiesel should look for ways for increasing competitiveness considering the balance among economic growth, environmental quality and social well-being through the rational use of resources. The main purpose of this paper is to identify structural dimensions influencing sustainability and competitiveness of the Brazilian biodiesel production chain and, thereby, contribute to the current debate as well as to the process of formulating policy and strategies regarding this important supply chain. As starting point, a number of publications were reviewed allowing the identification of main issues and its combination into relevant factors. Eventually, the factors were put together, resulting in a set of structural dimensions: biodiesel supply chain environment, institutional framework, market conditions, monitoring systems and technological innovation. Then, the structural dimensions were summarized in a conceptual model showing the relationship between them. The structural dimensions may be seen as critical points in which stakeholders would pay attention to ensure successful performance and sustainable competitiveness of the biodiesel production chain. The objective of the entire system is to deliver biodiesel as a clean energy with focus on social inclusion, mitigation of environmental impacts and viability.


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Author Biographies

Silvio Francisco dos Santos, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ); National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro).

MSc; Researcher Technologist in Metrology and Quality at the Scientific and Industrial Metrology Directorate, at Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Qualidade e Tecnologia (Inmetro). Av. N. S. das Graças 50, Duque de Caxias,RJ 25250-020, Brazil e-mail: [email protected]

Suzana Borschiver, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

PhD; Adjunct Professor at School of Chemistry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Horacio Macedo Avenue, 2030 – Centro de Tecnologia, Bloco E, ZIP code: 21941-909; Cidade Universitária - Rio de Janeiro – RJ - Brazil. E-mail: [email protected]. Telephone number: +55 21 2562-7582

Vanderléa de Souza, National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro).

PhD; Researcher Technologist in Metrology and Quality at the Scientific and Industrial Metrology Directorate, at Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Qualidade e Tecnologia (Inmetro). Av. N. S. das Graças 50, Duque de Caxias,RJ 25250-020, Brazil e-mail: [email protected]


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How to Cite

dos Santos, S. F., Borschiver, S., & de Souza, V. (2014). Mapping Sustainable Structural Dimensions for Managing the Brazilian Biodiesel Supply Chain. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 9(1), 27–43.



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