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Life cycle assessment in the supply chain: a review and case study

Browne, Michael and Rizet, Christophe and Anderson, Stephen and Allen, Julian and Keita, Basile (2005) Life cycle assessment in the supply chain: a review and case study. Transport Reviews, 25 (6). pp. 761-782. ISSN 0144-1647

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01441640500360993


The paper addresses the use of Life Cycle Assessment as a tool for analysing freight transport activity in product supply chains. Published works that have assessed freight transport energy use in supply chain operations are reviewed and their results summarized. A case study of the energy use in the supply chains for jeans sold in both the UK and France is presented. The results of this case study indicate that the location from which cotton is sourced can have a major impact on the total energy used in commercial transport in the jeans supply chain. However, overall, this has a limited impact on the total energy used in producing and supplying jeans. This is because the vast majority of total energy used in the supply chain is consumed during cotton cultivation, denim production and jeans manufacture. The work also demonstrates that the amount of energy used by consumers transporting jeans to their homes by car can be greater than the total commercial transport energy used in the supply chain (per kg of jeans transported).

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Online ISSN 1464-5327
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
ID Code:1876
Deposited On:06 Jun 2006
Last Modified:22 Oct 2009 10:16

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