Special Issue "Sustainable Freight Transport"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: freight transport systems; city logistics; global logistic networks
Interests: environmental performance and sustainability of freight transport operations
We are calling for papers for a Special Issue of the journal Sustainability on research into collective interventions to radically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from freight transport, in line with the political targets of COP21 to COP23. In order to meet these targets, by 2050, freight transport should have reduced its GHG emissions by 80–85%. This reduction represents a significant challenge with multiple technical, operational, and political aspects. Designing, testing, and implementation of effective interventions (managerial or technical) and appropriate policy measures need multi-disciplinary, multi-country research. Policy oriented papers may focus on the operationalization and evaluation of interventions, across a wider range of alternatives, and set within the larger system of stakeholders surrounding freight transport. Promising options are not limited to introducing new transport technologies, but can also include changes in framework conditions for transport, in terms of production and logistics processes. One can note that the prediction of impacts of new policies is far from trivial due to the inherent complexity of the system. Amongst other areas, this complexity resides in the interfaces between freight transportation, logistics and supply chain management. We welcome contributions discussing these relations. Thus far, much research has focused on long term policies such as modal shift in freight transport. The complications of these policies are now slowly being recognized. Predicted effects of pre-designed policies may not materialize due to various implementation issues, behavioral non-response or rebound mechanisms. Relatively new approaches from a sense-and-respond framing, such as standardized measurement and allocation, science-based targets and innovative carbon market designs may be a better way to help to steer the system towards achieving targets. Ultimately, proposed papers for this Special Issue may cover a broad range of private strategies and public interventions, as long as the focus is on GHG reduction. Papers should concern specific reduction measures or approaches to support these, including a clear discussion of the expected impact on global GHG emissions.Prof. Dr. L.A. Tavasszy
Dr. M. Piecyk
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Freight transportation
- Supply chain management
- Greenhouse gases
- Carbon reduction
- Climate change