Title Decarbonizing Logistics
Subtitle Distributing Goods in a Low Carbon World
Author Alan McKinnon
ISBN 9780749480479
List price GBP 79.99
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 328
Book size 152 X 235 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Kogan Page Limited
Published in India by Kogan Page Limited
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
About the book


“Professor McKinnon has made another groundbreaking contribution. The greenhouse gas footprint of logistics is large. Reducing it relies on several mechanisms, because logistics involves many activities and participants. This book disentangles this complexity and proposes a clear framework for reduction. It identifies interventions by shippers, service providers or the public sector. The book lays the foundations of initiatives to come. It should appeal to a wide range of policymakers, academics and practitioners.”
—Jean-François Arvis
Lead Economist, The World Bank, and
co-author of The Logistics Performance Index


“The UK’s rising transport emissions are an indicator of the importance and timeliness of this book. The clear analytical approach, using the latest models - whilst avoiding complex language and mathematics - provides practical, evidence-based advice for a wide range of users, including logistics companies, regulators, politicians, policymakers and researchers.”
—Baroness Brown of Cambridge, DBE FREng FRS
Deputy Chair, UK Committee on Climate Change


“This book is a comprehensive analysis that goes far beyond explaining why we need to decarbonise logistics - a sector that is expected to triple in volume by 2050. It synthesises a huge and diverse literature and shows that there is no shortage of strategies and carbon-reducing initiatives.”
—Wolfgang Lehmacher
Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries, World Economic Forum


Decarbonizing Logistics will become the reference for all logistics professionals.”
—Rasmus Valanko
Director of Climate and Energy,
World Business Council for Sustainable Development


Logistics accounts for around 9-10% of global CO2 emissions and will be one of the hardest economic sectors to decarbonize. This is partly because the demand for freight transport is expected to rise sharply over the next few decades, but also because it relies very heavily on fossil fuel. This book outlines the nature and extent of the challenge we face in trying to achieve deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from logistical activities. It makes a detailed assessment of the available options, including restructuring supply chains, shifting freight to lower-carbon transport modes and transforming energy use in the logistics sector. The options are examined from technological and managerial standpoints for all the main freight transport modes.

Based on an up-to-date review of almost 600 publications and containing new analytical frameworks and research results, this book is the first to provide a global, multi-disciplinary perspective on the subject.

Based on extensive research by one of the foremost specialists in the field, Decarbonizing Logistics is essential guide to reducing carbon emissions from the distribution of goods. As the volume of freight movement is growing rapidly and is heavily dependent on fossil fuels, it will be difficult to decarbonize. This book is the first to provide a global, multidisciplinary perspective on the option for acheiving deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from this sector.


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Chapter 1: Climate change: the nature and scale of the challenge • A rapidly warming planet • The governmental response • Carbon emissions from freight transport • Carbon footprinting logistics buildings • Decarbonization frameworks • Summary and preview • Notes

Chapter 2: Formulating a decarbonization strategy for logistics • Corporate motivation and leadership • Calculating logistics-related emissions • Committing to carbon reduction targets • Considering possible options • Collaborative decarbonization • Cost evaluation • Choosing appropriate actions • Carbon offsetting • Cutting emissions and assessing the impacts • Calibrating the strategy • Summary • Notes

Chapter 3: Reducing freight transport intensity • A dematerializing economy? • Decoupling freight traffic growth and economic growth at the national level • Future trends in international trade and transport • The logistics of adapting to climate change • Optimizing the routeing of freight flows • Summary • Notes

Chapter 4: Shifting freight to lower-carbon transport modes • Quantifying tile carbon savings from modal shift • Freight modal split trends • Modal realignment at a transcontinental level • Barriers to freight modal shift • Future policies, trends and practices • Summary • Notes

Chapter 5: Improving asset utilization in logistics • Utilization metrics in the freight transport sector • Overcoming constraints on vehicle loading • Overloading of vehicles • Improving vehicle utilization in urban areas • Summary • Notes

Chapter 6: Transforming energy use in the road freight sector • Logistics and energy • Improving the energy efficiency of trucks: the role of technology • Operating trucks more energy-efficiently • Switching trucks to lower-carbon fuels • Electrification of road freight transport • Summary • Notes

Chapter 7: Transforming energy use in the maritime, air cargo and rail freight sectors • Energy consumed by ships • Improving the energy efficiency of shipping • Repowering ships with low-carbon energy • Energy use in the air cargo sector • Making air cargo operations more fuel efficient • Flying freight with low-carbon energy • Energy use in the rail freight sector • Improving the energy efficiency of freight trains • Switching rail freight operations to lower-carbon energy • Summary • Notes

Chapter 8: Decarbonizing logistics at the national level: the case of the United Kingdom • A brief history of sustainable logistics initiatives in the UK • CO2 emissions from logistic in the UK: 2006 and 2016 • Impact of TIMBER factors on the decarbonization of UK logistics • Technology • Infrastructure • Market trends • Behaviour • Energy system • Regulation • Conclusion • Notes



About the Author:

Alan McKinnon is Professor of Logistics at Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg. He has been researching and teaching freight transport and logistics for almost forty years and has published extensively in journals and books. He was a member of the European Commission’s High Level Group on Logistics, Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Logistics and Supply Chain Industry Council and a lead author of the transport chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fifth assessment report. He has spent many years researching the links between logistics and climate change and been an adviser to governments, international organizations and companies.

Target Audience:

This book is intended for logistics companies, regulators, politicians, policy makers and researchers.



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