Supply Chain Management

Green Logistics


This course addresses transportation logistics from an environmental perspective. It starts with a comprehensive analysis of logistics planning problems from a cost- and service-oriented point of view. It then continues by investigating how to estimate and reduce green house gas emissions in vehicle routing. The derived environmental concepts are then transferred to intermodal transportation, location planning, and reverse logistics. All topics are investigated from a quantitative point of view, where the addressed decision making processes are analyzed and solved by means of management science. A number of case studies is considered in the exercises that accompany this lecture.

Course contents

  1. Introduction to the transport economy
  2. Cost and service oriented transportation planning
  3. Emission oriented transportation planning
  4. Intermodal freight transportation
  5. Location planning and reverse logistics

Learning objectives

  • Students know the relevant modes of transportation together with their economic and ecologic advantages and disadvantages
  • Students can optimize transportation processes with regard to cost- and service-objectives
  • Students can estimate the greenhouse gas emissions of transport operations
  • Students can allocate emissions to individual shipments
  • Students can apply various concepts for reducing the environmental footprint of a logistics operation


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