Who controls the logistics emissions? Challenges in making fragmented supply chains environmentally sustainable from logistics service providers’ perspective

Maisam Abbasi, Henrik Sternberg, Fredrik Nilsson

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    Abstract

    Purpose
    The purpose of this article is to explore the environmental impact of Logistics Service Provider (LSP) activities in the light of increased customer attention and fragmentation of the industry. It also explores to what extent the LSPs can actually monitor the environmental impact of logistics activities in the supply chain?

    Design/methodology/approach
    The methodology of this paper is a literature review, a qualitative interview survey, and three case studies. A framework on sustainability challenges in supply chains derived from the literature is used to structure and analyze the findings.

    Findings
    Our findings reveal that despite ambitious environmental schemes communicated by several LSPs, LSPs exert very little control over the actual emissions created from their transport operations. Furthermore, it is clear from this study that any real interest in environmental solutions that impact the cost and time requirements from customers of logistics services are not yet a reality.

    Research limitations/implications (if applicable)
    This paper implies that LSP sustainability cannot be investigated in isolation if a company does not manage proprietary resources.

    Practical implications (if applicable)
    Our findings imply that environmental policies between different LSPs appear similar, but in practice differs, which stresses the importance of follow-up control by environmentally aware logistics service buyers.

    Originality/value
    This paper represents a novel approach as to how LSP environmental policies should be viewed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNOFOMA 2014 Conference Proceeding
    PublisherNOFOMA
    Publication date2014
    ISBN (Print)9788799743308
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventNofoma Conference - København, Denmark
    Duration: 11 Jun 201413 Jun 2014

    Conference

    ConferenceNofoma Conference
    CountryDenmark
    CityKøbenhavn
    Period11/06/201413/06/2014

    Keywords

    • environment, logistics, logistics service provider, LSP, supply chain, sustainability

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