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Analysing energy use in supply chains: the case of fruits & vegetables and furniture

Browne, Michael and Rizet, Christophe and Leonardi, Jacques and Allen, Julian (2008) Analysing energy use in supply chains: the case of fruits & vegetables and furniture. In: Lyons, Andrew C., (ed.) Proceedings of the Logistics Research Network Annual Conference 2008 University of Liverpool, UK, 10th-12th September 2008. Liverpool University Press, pp. 395-401. ISBN 9781904564003

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An increasing number of producers, retailers and third-party logistics providers are interested in carrying out energy assessments of their product supply chain. This is due to sensitivity about climate change and carbon emissions, but also to high energy prices. This paper presents an analytical approach developed to measure energy use in logistics activities in product supply chains. The approach (based on the Life Cycle Approach) quantifies energy use in transport and logistics activities at all stages of a product supply chain. The work has demonstrated that such an assessment approach based on the supply chain is useful in comparing the energy use implications of different strategies. This supply chain approach can be used to consider options such as sourcing and distribution centre locations, transport modes, road freight vehicle types and weights, vehicle load factors, empty running, transport distance and the balance between consumer shopping trips and delivery to the home.

Item Type:Book Section
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
ID Code:6221
Deposited On:24 Mar 2009 15:12
Last Modified:05 Oct 2011 15:43

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