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The University of Southampton
CORMSIS Centre for Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems

Environmental sustainability in logistics – the contribution from vehicle routing Event

16:00 - 17:00
20 January 2016
Building 02 Room 1039, Southampton Business School

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Dr Yuan Huang on +44(0)2380595168 or email .

Event details

Environmental sustainability is an area of concern for the transportation of goods. Negative environmental effects in logistics may arise from issues concerning such things as noise and safety, but this review will concentrate on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions that result from logistic activities. The models that are used to estimate the GHG emissions for road vehicles will be presented and compared to show the inputs that are needed and the outputs they provide. Various approaches that use these models to plan vehicle routes will be compared, particularly considering whether time-independent or time-dependent models are used and whether the speed of the vehicles is regarded as fixed or variable within the models. The scale of reduction in GHG emissions that is achievable through the adoption of vehicle routing systems will be examined and compared to the effect on GHG emissions from other factors such as the type and capacity of the vehicles used and the opportunities for backhauls and collaboration.

Speaker information

Professor Richard Eglese,Lancaster University Management School,Richard Eglese is a Professor of Operational Research in the Department of Management Science at Lancaster University Management School. He was President of the Operational Research Society in the UK in 2010-2011 and is currently a member of its General Council and Chair of its Publications Committee. In 2016 he is also President-Elect of EURO (The Association of European Operational Research Societies). His research interests include combinatorial optimisation using mathematical programming and heuristic methods. He is interested in applications to vehicle routing problems, particularly models for time-dependent problems and for problems in Green Logistics where environmental considerations are taken into account to provide more sustainable distribution plans. Details of recent publications and other information can be found on

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