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Sustainability 2015, 7(7), 9140-9159; doi:10.3390/su7079140

Spatial Distribution of Energy Consumption and Carbon Emission of Regional Logistics

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School of Information Engineering Institute, Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai 200135, China
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Logistics Research Center, Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai 200135, China
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School of Economics and Management, Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai 200135, China
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School of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou 310018, China
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 25 March 2015 / Revised: 29 June 2015 / Accepted: 30 June 2015 / Published: 15 July 2015
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Abstract

Facing serious energy-related constraints and environmental stress, the development of the green logistics industry is restricted by degrees of logistics energy utilization and carbon emissions. Considering different logistics spatial distributions, this paper uses the degree of regional logistics energy utilization and the spatial distribution of carbon emissions as two indicators of green logistics to investigate the regional differences and changes in spatiotemporal logistics energy efficiency. We firstly measure the regional logistics in terms of energy consumption and carbon emission, then further measure the logistics by energy intensity and carbon intensity. Based on these four indicators, the relations between spatiotemporal logistics and regional logistics development are analyzed. Through studying the spatial and temporal evolution trends of the above indicators, we found that a certain convergence exists. Finally, based on the analysis, the suggestions for energy saving and emission reduction are proposed according to regional conditions. The results benefit to narrow the efficiency gap between regions and achieve the goal of improving logistics energy efficiency. View Full-Text
Keywords: green logistics; energy efficiency; regional logistics; carbon emission; energy consumption green logistics; energy efficiency; regional logistics; carbon emission; energy consumption
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Xiao, F.; Hu, Z.-H.; Wang, K.-X.; Fu, P.-H. Spatial Distribution of Energy Consumption and Carbon Emission of Regional Logistics. Sustainability 2015, 7, 9140-9159.

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