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Does the concept of 'nearporting' provide a pathway to better logistics sustainability?

Grant, David; Menachof, David


David Grant

David Menachof


Firms are looking for innovative solutions to become greener regarding their end-to-end supply chain emissions without incurring additional costs. This paper discusses one such solution through a simple concept of ‘nearporting’, which is the explicit decision to use the nearest port of loading/ discharging of cargo to reduce the overall amount of CO2 and other emissions. This paper’s empirical study has modelled data supplied by a major UK third-party logistics service providers comparing actual shipments to what could be achieved if a nearporting strategy was used. Actual shipment data using origin and destination postcodes were analysed to calculate the reduction in road freight mileage and related reduction in CO2 emissions against additional nautical miles travelled which may temper some of the savings, but overall it was found that substantial savings would be achieved.


Grant, D., & Menachof, D. (2016). Does the concept of 'nearporting' provide a pathway to better logistics sustainability?. Journal of supply chain management : research & practice / Assumption University of Thailand, 10(1), 1-11

Acceptance Date Jun 1, 2016
Publication Date Nov 1, 2016
Deposit Date Dec 6, 2016
Publicly Available Date Dec 6, 2016
Journal Journal of supply chain management : research practice
Print ISSN 1905-9566
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 1
Pages 1-11
Keywords Nearporting; CO2 emissions; Carbon footprint; Sustainability; Intermodal
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Additional Information This is a copy of an open access article published in Journal of supply chain management : research practice, 2016, v.10 issue 1.


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