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Special Issue "Green Logistics and Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2020).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Ahmad Abareshi
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School of Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain, RMIT University, Melbourne 3000, Australia
Interests: green logistics; industry 4.0 and digital technologies for supply chain; supply chain data analytics; scientometric analysis
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Transport and Logistics is a critical part of any economy around the world. The global logistics and transportation services market is expected to reach $ 12,256 billion by 2022. There is no doubt that the industry plays a significant role in overall competitiveness and economic performance. Logistics operations are widely used across industry sectors. With an increased reliance on logistic operations, the logistics sector has become one of the largest generations of greenhouse gas. Therefore, a rise in the adoption of green logistics solutions is expected to provide lucrative opportunities to market players. Logistics is perceived as a key sector to contribute to sustainable development meeting the future generations’ needs in terms of low greenhouse gas emissions in a socially and economically responsible way. In response to such concerns, the transport and logistics industry has been investing in new practices and technologies in the movement towards greener logistics. Some of these practices include switching to low-emission fuel, reduction in percentage of truck kilometres run empty, and increasing the average weight-based load factor. Others include reducing the carbon content of energy and improving energy efficiency or electrification of transport (rail and trucks), freight modal shift, automatic engine idle, driver training and monitoring, and improvement in aerodynamics.

The primary objective of this Special Issue on ‘Green Logistics and Sustainability’ is to investigate the current and future of sustainable logistical operations and how green logistics can bring a competitive advantage to firms from various perspectives. We accept a variety of methodologies, such as qualitative and quantitative analysis, mathematical modelling and simulation and behavioural experiments. We welcome papers that address, but are not limited to, the following research topics about green logistics and sustainability:

  • The role of new technologies such as 3D printing and drone on greening logistics operations;
  • Blockchain and green logistics;
  • Corporate social responsibility and sustainability;
  • Optimisation models for greened logistics;
  • Barriers and motivators for green logistics adoption;
  • Sustainability and triple bottom line;
  • Risk in green logistics.

Dr. Ahmad Abareshi
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Green logistics
  • Sustainability
  • Technological innovations
  • Green logistics adoption
  • Green logistics barriers and motivators

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Blockchain Technology and Its Role in Enhancing Supply Chain Integration Capability and Reducing Carbon Emission: A Conceptual Framework
Sustainability 2020, 12(24), 10550; https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410550 - 17 Dec 2020
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Most current blockchain and carbon emission studies are from engineering and sciences disciplines. By incorporating blockchain technology into supply chain integration capabilities, the firms are be able to work collaboratively with each other to enhance the supply chain integration and simultaneously reduce the [...] Read more.
Most current blockchain and carbon emission studies are from engineering and sciences disciplines. By incorporating blockchain technology into supply chain integration capabilities, the firms are be able to work collaboratively with each other to enhance the supply chain integration and simultaneously reduce the carbon emission in a supply chain. This paper presents a conceptual framework to understand the role of blockchain in a low carbon supply chain management. Applying the Socio-Technical Theory and Resource-Based View, the research propositions between blockchain, supply chain integration capability and carbon emission are proposed in the research framework. The results indicate that the blockchain technology may be viewed as a strategic management approach to enhance supply chain integration and reduce the carbon emissions. In addition, it may be adopted as an operational tool to track carbon footprint, streamline processes and improve efficiency of carbon management to minimize the overall emissions in supply chains. The paper contributes to the blockchain literature and its applications in low carbon supply chain management and provides recommendation for future research. Full article
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Is Trans-Korean Railway Solely a Symbol of Peace in the Korean Peninsula?
Sustainability 2020, 12(23), 9815; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239815 - 24 Nov 2020
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The islandic geopolitical situation of South Korea led the road-centered development and the road freight share reached 97% in 2015. Trans-Korean Railway, thus, is the key to low carbon development of South Korea. With the Trans-Korean Railway, the export freights for Eurasia can [...] Read more.
The islandic geopolitical situation of South Korea led the road-centered development and the road freight share reached 97% in 2015. Trans-Korean Railway, thus, is the key to low carbon development of South Korea. With the Trans-Korean Railway, the export freights for Eurasia can be loaded at a local station for a direct rail transport instead of current d-touring road-ship intermodal transport. This will trigger domestic rail facilitation and reduce road externalities. The corresponding reduction of the shuttle shipment among South Korea–China–Russia may further contribute towards the environmental sustainability of the Yellow and East Seas. Yet, Trans-Korean Railway is considered as a symbol of “peace in Korean Peninsula” that there has not been a sufficient research on the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the Trans-Korean Railway connection. This paper, accounting on various phenomenal evidence including air pollution (environmental), public health risks and high fatality (social) and logistics inefficiency (economic), argues for the needs to change the discussion perspective on the Trans-Korean Railway from traditional politics to its environmental, social, and economic values. Full article
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Sustainable Urban Mobility in Poznan and Oslo-Actual State and Development Perspectives
Sustainability 2020, 12(16), 6510; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166510 - 12 Aug 2020
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The main goal of this paper is to present and analyze approaches for sustainable urban mobility in Poznan and Oslo. The topic of sustainable urban transport as well as green mobility is currently important from formal perspectives, due to European regulations, and because [...] Read more.
The main goal of this paper is to present and analyze approaches for sustainable urban mobility in Poznan and Oslo. The topic of sustainable urban transport as well as green mobility is currently important from formal perspectives, due to European regulations, and because of ecological conditions and resulting climate changes. The research methodology implemented includes analysis of the literature on the research subject; analysis of EU documents and national policies with respect to financing and development of sustainable urban transport (SUT); development of a questionnaire on SUT in Oslo and Poznan, using the questionnaire to collect opinions on SUTs in Oslo and Poznan, and analyzing respondents’ answers, defining recommendations concerning future activities for urban sustainability in the surveyed cities. The authors provide a review of the actual sustainable urban mobility situations in Oslo and Poznan, compare government support and sources of funding, identify gaps in terms of EU requirements, and try to compare the residents’ expectations with the city’s activities in the field of sustainable transport development. The research group includes students residing in both cities. The group constitutes 10–20% of the total number of inhabitants in cities being the subject of research. The empirical part investigates what their preferences are regarding the use of public transport in the context of sustainable development. On the basis of the conducted research, it can be stated that a sustainable urban mobility is one of the key development directions in Poland and Norway. The respondents see opportunities for developing green mobility in their cities as well as municipalities and the national government encouraging a sustainable urban transport. The implementation of the principles of sustainable development and reconstruction of city development strategy can be achieved by the cooperation of all stakeholders (namely: national government, municipalities, public transport providers, city residents). Full article
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Rethinking the Box for Sustainable Logistics
Sustainability 2020, 12(5), 1870; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12051870 - 02 Mar 2020
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Packaging design is one of the potential strategies for increasing logistics performance, not only from a cost reduction perspective, but also from a sustainable point of view. The deployment of a sustainable vision in packaging design should demand a holistic view of packaging, [...] Read more.
Packaging design is one of the potential strategies for increasing logistics performance, not only from a cost reduction perspective, but also from a sustainable point of view. The deployment of a sustainable vision in packaging design should demand a holistic view of packaging, supply chain and product; this integrated vision is the main point of the “Sustainable Packaging Logistics” (SPL) approach. At a logistics level, a key link with the different stages of the supply chain is the secondary packaging, which most commonly takes the form of a corrugated cardboard box. Thus, the main objective of this paper is to develop a systematic and dynamic method that makes it possible to connect design decisions about the dimensions of that box with their impact on overall efficiency and sustainability of the supply chain. In order to develop this model, the impact on three different logistics systems is described. Those systems are palletizing, multimodal containers and parcel services. Likewise, in addition to proposing the theoretical model, the authors have tested it successfully in three different companies (with the three logistics systems mentioned) following the “action research” approach. Full article
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