Pugh, J. and Bektas, T.
Bridging the gap between policies, theories and practices of environmentally friendly freight transportation , Southampton, UK University of Southampton
(Discussion Papers in Centre for Operational Research, Management Science and Information Systems, CORMSIS-09-16).
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The transport sector is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide. In recent years the use of freight transportation has grown as have the levels of carbon dioxide which are emitted by the modes of transport used in the industry. As the environmental impacts of freight transport increase the need to mitigate these are paramount. This study looks at the current environmental freight transport policies at corporate and government level, and how synthesising these with academic theory can provide innovative and thought provoking ideas. By looking at a number of examples across two different industries, in particular food retail and car manufacturing, comparisons are made to highlight the differences which exist in environmental freight transport policies within and outside industries. A selection of government policies are then reviewed, before comparing corporate and government policies and their relationship. Corporate and government policy is then supplemented with academic theory providing a number of recommendations for environmental freight transport practices. The study finds that corporate and government policy is currently too isolated, and must begin to work together. In addition the application of academic theory with policy provides a number of theoretical advantages; however in reality these may not yet be feasible
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