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Environmental benefits from shared-fleet logistics: lessons from a public-private sector collaboration

Environmental benefits from shared-fleet logistics: lessons from a public-private sector collaboration
Environmental benefits from shared-fleet logistics: lessons from a public-private sector collaboration
Road freight transportation leads to environmental concerns such as congestion and detrimental vehicle emissions, whilst also suffering from inefficiencies due to less-than-full-load vehicle movements. Shared-fleet carrier collaborations are an approach to freight distribution that can reduce inefficiencies, and thereby reduce goods vehicle-kilometres (vkm) and associated congestion and emissions. Using real-world data from a five-day warehouse survey, the potential environmental benefits of a shared-fleet operation involving collaboration between local suppliers to a large commercial enterprise and a municipal Local Government Authority (LGA) were quantified. Local suppliers shared the spare capacity in LGA courier service vans (Light Goods Vehicles) to transport consignments as an alternative to each organising their own separate deliveries. Results suggested a shared-fleet carrier collaboration involving 25 local suppliers serviced by five LGA vans performing 16 rounds/week produced a 29% reduction in delivery vkm and emissions reductions ranging from 27-36% depending on pollutant.
Shared-fleet; carrier collaboration; freight logistics; emissions; road congestion
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Grote, Matthew, Cherrett, Thomas, Whittle, Gary and Tuck, Neil (2021) Environmental benefits from shared-fleet logistics: lessons from a public-private sector collaboration. International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications. (doi:10.1080/13675567.2021.1942441).

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Road freight transportation leads to environmental concerns such as congestion and detrimental vehicle emissions, whilst also suffering from inefficiencies due to less-than-full-load vehicle movements. Shared-fleet carrier collaborations are an approach to freight distribution that can reduce inefficiencies, and thereby reduce goods vehicle-kilometres (vkm) and associated congestion and emissions. Using real-world data from a five-day warehouse survey, the potential environmental benefits of a shared-fleet operation involving collaboration between local suppliers to a large commercial enterprise and a municipal Local Government Authority (LGA) were quantified. Local suppliers shared the spare capacity in LGA courier service vans (Light Goods Vehicles) to transport consignments as an alternative to each organising their own separate deliveries. Results suggested a shared-fleet carrier collaboration involving 25 local suppliers serviced by five LGA vans performing 16 rounds/week produced a 29% reduction in delivery vkm and emissions reductions ranging from 27-36% depending on pollutant.

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Accepted/In Press date: 9 June 2021
e-pub ahead of print date: 18 June 2021
Additional Information: Funding Information: Funding details: This work was supported by Southampton City Council (SCC) and the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL). Publisher Copyright: © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Copyright: Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.
Keywords: Shared-fleet; carrier collaboration; freight logistics; emissions; road congestion

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Local EPrints ID: 450022
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/450022
ISSN: 1367-5567
PURE UUID: 78a35705-9abf-48f6-b315-95edc1b5fa86

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Date deposited: 06 Jul 2021 16:30
Last modified: 25 Nov 2021 17:48

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Author: Matthew Grote
Author: Thomas Cherrett
Author: Gary Whittle
Author: Neil Tuck

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