Decarbonising Logistics

with Prof. Alan C. McKinnon, PhD

Course content
€92.61 (plus 19% VAT)

Course overview:

In this course, Prof. Alan C. McKinnon, PhD looks at ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from logistics, mainly from freight transport operations. Climate change is likely to exert a strong influence on economic development, social well-being and geopolitics over next few decades. The latest scientific studies suggest that we have limited time to achieve the deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions necessary to avert major ecological disasters. In response to these stark warnings, international organizations and national governments have set ambitious targets for cutting CO2 emissions. Many companies are now making serious efforts to decarbonize their operations. Their customers are also putting them under increasing pressure to cut their carbon emissions, suggesting that carbon-intensity is becoming a competitive differentiator. The logistics sector will be one of the hardest to decarbonise because of its heavy dependence on fossil fuels and the high projected growth in the amount of freight movement between now and 2050. The course will outline the scale of this decarbonization challenge and what needs to be done to cut greenhouse gas emissions to decarbonize logistics in order to meet this challenge.

Who is this course for:

Participants of this digital lecture will gain an overview of the latest developments in climate change and the resulting decarbonization challenge. After concluding the course, they will have a better understanding of the measures that need to be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to meet the targets set to decarbonize logistics and they are challenged to think about the implications the decarbonization challenge will have for their business.


Book recommendation: 

´Decarbonizing logistics: Distributing goods in a low-carbon world´ by  Prof. Alan C. McKinnon, PhD 

In his book "Decarbonizing logistics: Distributing goods in a low-carbon world" (2018), Prof. Alan C. McKinnon, PhD outlines the nature and extent of the challenge we face in trying to achieve deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from logistical activities. The book 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, Decarbonizing Logistics is the first to provide a global, multi-disciplinary perspective on the subject. It is written by one of the foremost specialists in the field who has spent many years researching the links between logistics and climate change and been an adviser to governments, international organizations and companies on the topic.

McKinnon, Alan C. (2018): Decarbonizing logistics: Distributing goods in a low-carbon world, Kogan Page: London, 9780749483807.

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Learn more about Prof. Alan McKinnon´s research output: 

A. Why Decarbonise Logistics?
B. Strategic Framework for Logistics Decarbonisations - 10 C framework
C. Calculating and reporting the GHG emissions
D. Setting carbon reduction targets
E. Choosing appropriate decarbonaisation actions
F. Collaboration
G. Carbon offsetting
H. Decarbonisation initiatives I: Reducing demand for freight transport
I. Decarbonisation initiatives II: Shifting freight to lower carbon transport modes
J. Decarbonisation initatives III: Improving asset utilisation
K. Decarbonisation initiatives IV: Increasing the energy efficiency of logistics
L. Decarbonisation initiatives V: Switching to lower carbon energy
M. Conclusion