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Saturday, 15 September 2012 10:02

An Assessment of the Contribution of Shippers to the Decarbonisation of Deep-Sea Container Supply Chains

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Paper presented by A. C. McKinnon, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, at the 2012 Low Carbon Shipping Conference at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.


This paper summarises the results of an interview survey of large shippers which enquired about their possible role in reducing carbon emissions from global supply chains containing a deepsea container movement. It focuses on four ‘decarbonisation’ parameters that they can influence: channel structure, container fill, backloading of empty containers and logistical adaptation to slow steaming. Numerous examples were found of companies applying efficiency measures which cut carbon emissions as well as cost.

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