Sustainable Logistics

Degree programs: MSc Management, MSc Logistics & SCM

Topics covered: sustainability - definitions, principles and concepts; environmental effects of logistical activity ; measuring and costing environmental impacts; development of green logistics strategies and frameworks; setting targets for environmental improvement; reducing freight transport intensity and switching transport mode; improving vehicle utilization, handling systems and packaging; energy use in logistics: improving fuel efficiency and switching fuels; city logistics; waste management and reverse logistics; role of government in promoting green logistics practices; adaptation of logistics systems to climate change.

The module takes an inter-disciplinary perspective on the subject incorporating elements of logistics management, economics, engineering and climate science. Sessions on the measurement and costing of logistics externalities are essentially techniques-based. The remainder of the module is predominantly knowledge- and issue-based.

The main educational objectives of this module are to:

• make students aware of the seriousness of the environmental challenges facing companies, governments and citizens.

• inform them of logistics’ contribution to environmental problems and show what companies and governments can do to reduce logistics’ environmental ‘footprint’.

Course facts

Offered byProf. Alan C. McKinnon, PhD
ECTS credits5 Credit Points
Method of examinationWritten Exam