Special issue: Carbon-Aware Transportation and Logistics

Guest editors: Saif Benjaafar and Martin Savelsbergh

Published: 3(1) June 2014

Freight transport, whether by land, by water, or by air, impacts the environment through the emission of greenhouse gases. To achieve the drastic reductions in world greenhouse gas emissions the international community has agreed upon, the transport sector has to do its part. New transport patterns must emerge, in which larger volumes of freight and greater numbers of travelers are carried jointly to their destination by the most efficient (combination of) modes. This involves, among others, optimizing the performance of multi-modal logistic chains by making greater use of inherently more resource-efficient modes, and using transport and infrastructure more efficiently through the use of improved traffic management and information systems. For industry, the carbon footprint of the transportation and logistics functions is also affected by operational decisions firms make regarding facility location, choice of suppliers, and size and frequency of shipments, among others. Therefore, there is a need to rethink how these decisions are made in order to reduce not only cost but also carbon emissions. This is particularly important in supply chains with multiple independent firms where decisions made by one firm could affect the carbon footprint of every other firm. Therefore, the scope of supply chain collaboration must be broadened to explicitly account for environmental impact.

We invite submissions of research papers on all modes of transportation, including maritime and air transportation as well as land transportation that consider and address the impact of transport on the environment. We also invite papers that consider the link between supply chain design and operation and transportation and logistics carbon emissions. Papers that examine the effect of regulatory policies, such as emission standards and emission caps, carbon taxes, cap-and-trade, and subsidies, are encouraged. Also encouraged are papers that deal with methods and standards for carbon footprint measurement and carbon footprint allocation.

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