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Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 2071; doi:10.3390/su9112071

On Production and Green Transportation Coordination in a Sustainable Global Supply Chain

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National Engineering Research Center for E-learning, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079, China
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Business School, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, China
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School of Management, Chengdu University of Information Technology, Chengdu 610225, China
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Received: 5 October 2017 / Revised: 3 November 2017 / Accepted: 5 November 2017 / Published: 11 November 2017
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Abstract

This paper addresses a coordination problem of production and green transportation and the effects of production and transportation coordination on supply chain sustainability in a global supply chain environment with the consideration of important realistic characteristics, including parallel machines, different order processing complexities, fixed delivery departure times, green transportation and multiple transportation modes. We formulate the measurements for carbon emissions of different transportation modes, including air, sea and land transportation. A hybrid genetic algorithm-based optimization approach is developed to handle this problem, in which a hybrid genetic algorithm and heuristic procedures are combined. The effectiveness of the proposed approach is validated by means of various problem instances. We observe that the coordination of production and green transportation has a large effect on the overall supply chain sustainability, which can reduce the total supply chain cost by 9.60% to 21.90%. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable operations; green transportation; supply chain sustainability sustainable operations; green transportation; supply chain sustainability
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Guo, F.; Liu, Q.; Liu, D.; Guo, Z. On Production and Green Transportation Coordination in a Sustainable Global Supply Chain. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2071.

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