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Green Logistics

Green Logistics

Improving the Environmental Sustainability of Logistics

Alan McKinnon, Michael Browne, Anthony Whiteing, Maja Piecyk

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Understand the eco-impacts of logistics and learn how to handle them effectively by achieving sustainable balance between economic, environmental, and social objectives.

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About the book

Leading the way in current thinking on environmental logistics, Green Logistics provides a unique insight on the environmental impacts of logistics and the actions that companies and governments can take to deal with them. It is written by leading researchers in the field and provides a comprehensive view of the subject for students, managers and policy-makers.

Fully updated, the 3rd edition of Green Logistics has a more global perspective than previous editions. It introduces new contributors and international case studies that illustrate the impact of green logistics in practice. There is a new chapter on the links between green logistics and corporate social responsibility and a series of postscripts examining the effects of new developments, such as 3D printing, distribution by drone, the physical internet and the concept of peak freight.

Other key topics examined include: carbon auditing of supply chains; transferring freight to greener transport modes; reducing the environmental impact of warehousing; improving the energy efficiency of freight transport; making city logistics more environmentally sustainable; reverse logistics for the management of waste; role of government in promoting sustainable logistics.

The 3rd edition of Green Logistics includes indispensable online supporting materials, including graphics, tables, chapter summaries, and guidelines for lecturers.

Table Of Contents

  • Section - ONE: Assessing the environmental effects of logistics;
    • Chapter - 01: Environmental sustainability: A new priority for logistics managers – Alan McKinnon;
    • Chapter - 02: Assessing the external impacts of freight transport – Maja Piecyk, Sharon Cullinane and Julia Edwards;
    • Chapter - 03: Carbon auditing of companies, supply chains and products – Maja Piecyk;
    • Chapter - 04: Evaluating and internalizing the environmental costs of logistics – Maja Piecyk, Alan McKinnon and Julian Allen;
  • Section - TWO: Strategic perspective;
    • Chapter - 05: Green logistics, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility – Maja Piecyk and Maria Björklund;
    • Chapter - 06: Restructuring road freight networks within supply chains – Irina Harris, Vasco Sanchez-Rodrigues, Mohamed Naim and Christine Mumford;
    • Chapter - 07: Transferring freight to ‘greener’ transport modes – Allan Woodburn and Anthony Whiteing;
    • Chapter - 08: Development of greener vehicles, aircraft and ships – Alan McKinnon, Julian Allen and Allan Woodburn;
    • Chapter - 09: Reducing the environmental impact of warehousing – Peter Baker and Clive Marchant;
  • Section - THREE: Operational perspective;
    • Chapter - 10: Optimizing the routeing of vehicles – Richard Eglese and Daniel Black;
    • Chapter - 11: Opportunities for improving vehicle utilization – Alan McKinnon;
    • Chapter - 12: Increasing fuel efficiency in the road freight sector – Alan McKinnon;
    • Chapter - 13: Alternative fuels and freight vehicles: Status, costs and benefits, and growth – Jacques Leonardi, Sharon Cullinane and Julia Edwards;
  • Section - FOUR: Key issues;
    • Chapter - 14: Sustainability strategies for city logistics – Julian Allen, Michael Browne and José Holguín-Veras;
    • Chapter - 15: E-business, e-logistics and the environment – Alan McKinnon, Yingli Wang, Andrew Potter and Julia Edwards;
    • Chapter - 16: Reverse logistics for the management of waste – Tom Cherrett, Sarah Maynard, Fraser McLeod and Adrian Hickford;
    • Chapter - 17: The food miles debate: Is shorter better? – Tara Garnett;
  • Section - FIVE: Implications for public policy and the future of supply chains;
    • Chapter - 18: The role of government in promoting green logistics – Alan McKinnon


The 3rd edition of Green Logistics, edited and written by leading academics in the field of logistics, includes a number of new contributors and new case studies. The contributors look at the impact of logistics on the environment and its effect on priorities for logistics professionals and organisations. Ranging from operational to strategic perspectives on green logistics, the authors consider its implications for public policies and the future of supply chains.
Dorothea Carvalho, Director of Professional Development, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)

The issues are topical and important to company managers and world public policy makers and it aims to provide a broad overview of the technical, managerial, economic and policy aspects of green logistics. [...] The publication includes extensive examples of companies 'greening' their logistics and of governments intensifying efforts to reduce the environmental damage done by freight movement.
Supply Management

By its nature, cargo transport almost universally has a negative impact on the environment, and contributes to problems including climate change, air and noise pollution, and traffic accidents. This book provides insight into these types of environmental impacts, and what steps companies can take to negate, lessen, or avoid them.
Inbound Logistics

For company managers and policy makers around the world, McKinnon... et al. compile 17 chapters that examine the environmental consequences of the logistics relating to the transport, storage, and handling of products as they move from source to sale or consumption and how to deal with them effectively.
Book News, Inc.

A fine recommendation for college-level business collections strong in product coordination and movement, from supply chains to delivery. Any college-level business collection needs this survey.
California Bookwatch, The Business Shelf, Midwest Book Review


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Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749471859
  • Edition: 3
  • Published: 3rd February 2015
  • Paperback
  • Format: 235x157
  • 448 pages

About the Author

Alan McKinnon is Professor and Head of Logistics at Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg. He has been researching and teaching in freight transport and logistics for 35 years and has published in journals and books. He's been an adviser to several governments and international organisations on environmental aspects of logistics.

Michael Browne is Professor of Logistics at the University of Westminster, London. He has worked on studies for Transport for London, the European Commission, the UK Department for Transport, Research Councils and commercial organizations.

Maja Piecyk is Associate Professor in Logistics at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Much of her research focuses on the optimisation of supply networks, carbon auditing of logistics and long-term trends in the energy requirements and environmental impacts of logistics.

Anthony Whiteing is Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. An academic with 30 years' experience, he's been involved in various UK and European research projects primarily in the field of freight transport.

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