Environmental impact of warehousing: a scenario analysis for the United States

Ries, J.M., Grosse, E.H. & Fichtinger, J. (2016). Environmental impact of warehousing: a scenario analysis for the United States. International Journal of Production Research, doi: 10.1080/00207543.2016.1211342

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Abstract

In recent years, there has been observed a continued growth of global carbon dioxide emissions, which are considered as a crucial factor for the greenhouse effect and associated with substantial environmental damages. Amongst others, logistic activities in global supply chains have become a major cause of industrial emissions and the progressing environmental pollution. Although a significant amount of logistic-related carbon dioxide emissions is caused by storage and material handling processes in warehouses, prior research mostly focused on the transport elements. The environmental impact of warehousing has received only little attention by research so far. Operating large and highly technological warehouses, however, causes a significant amount of energy consumption due to lighting, heating, cooling and air condition as well as fixed and mobile material handling equipment which induces considerable carbon dioxide emissions. The aim of this paper is to summarise preliminary studies of warehouse-related emissions and to discuss an integrated classification scheme enabling researchers and practitioners to systematically assess the carbon footprint of warehouse operations. Based on the systematic assessment approach containing emissions determinants and aggregates, overall warehouse emissions as well as several strategies for reducing the carbon footprint will be studied at the country level using empirical data of the United States. In addition, a factorial analysis of the warehouse-related carbon dioxide emissions in the United States enables the estimation of future developments and facilitates valuable insights for identifying effective mitigation strategies.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published online by Taylor & Francis in Ries, J.M., Grosse, E.H. & Fichtinger, J. (2016). Environmental impact of warehousing: a scenario analysis for the United States. International Journal of Production Research, on 29/06/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00207543.2016.1211342.
Uncontrolled Keywords: warehouse management, CO2 emissions, carbon footprint, environmental sustainability, material handling
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Cass Business School > Faculty of Management
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/17118

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