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Alan McKinnon – Professor of Logistics

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Distribution by Drone
Chapter

McKinnon, A. C., in Green logistics: Improving the environmental sustainability of logistics, 3rd edition, ed. McKinnon, A.C., Browne, M., Piecyk, M. and Whiteing, A., Kogan Page: London, 397-402. (2015)

This 'postscript' to the Green Logistics book considers the possible environmental impact of widespread distribution of parcels by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or drones, as they are commonly known. Government controls on domestic airspace currently prevent such deliveries in many countries.  ...

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3D Printing
Chapter

McKinnon, A. C., and Whiteing, A. in Green logistics: Improving the environmental sustainability of logistics, 3rd edition, ed. McKinnon, A.C., Browne, M., Piecyk, M. and Whiteing, A., Kogan Page: London, 403-406. (2015)

  This 'postscript' discusses the possible impact of 3D printing on efforts to improve the environmental performance of logistics, briefly reviewing recent literature on the subject. It acknowledges that 3D printing is now a well-established technology with major applications in several industrial sectors.  It  reviews the technical and economic constraints on the development of a mass market in 3D printing by consumers.  ...

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Blue skies thinking on green logistics
Article

McKinnon, A.C. in Newsletter of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia (March 2015)

Many people associate the ‘greening’ of logistics with rather mundane things like tightening controls on truck exhaust emissions, shifting freight from road to rail and ‘slow-steaming’ ships. Over the next few decades, however, the environmental impact of logistics may change quite radically as the result of a new wave of innovations, such as 3D printing, drones and the physical internet. ...

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Environmental sustainability: a new priority for logistics managers
Chapter

McKinnon, A. C., in Green logistics: Improving the environmental sustainability of logistics, 3rd edition, ed. McKinnon, A.C., Browne, M., Piecyk, M. and Whiteing, A., Kogan Page: London, 3-31. (2015)

This introductory chapter begins by defining logistics and providing some statistics to show the scale of its environmental impact. It notes that companies are increasingly taking account of this impact when assessing the performance of a logistics system or service. There is then a brief historical review of the development of Green Logistics over the past fifty years. ...

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The role of government in promoting green logistics
Chapter

McKinnon, A. C., in Green logistics: Improving the environmental sustainability of logistics, 3rd edition, ed. McKinnon, A.C., Browne, M., Piecyk, M. and Whiteing, A., Kogan Page: London. (2015)

  Governments have a long history of intervention in the freight transport sector, but in many countries their pursuit of sustainable logistics is comparatively recent phenomenon. The chapter briefly reviews the declared objectives of green freight strategies in the UK and Germany before going on to examine the main policy instruments available to government. ...

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Options for reducing logistics-related emissions from global value chains
Working paper

McKinnon, A.C. Working Paper prepared for the Robert Schumann Centre of the European University Institute, Florence. RSCAS 2014/31 (2014)

The additional freight movement generated by the growth of world trade carries a significant environmental penalty. This paper examines the nature and scale of this penalty and assesses the opportunities for reducing it. It focuses on the various ways of cutting carbon emissions from international freight movement by sea and air. ...

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Greening of retail logistics
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McKinnon, A.C. and Edwards, J.B. in Retail Management and Logistics, eds. Fernie, J. and Sparks, L., Kogan Page, London (2014)

Logistical activities are responsible for much of the environmental cost associated with modern retailing. For example, the British Retail Consortium estimates that trucking operations account for 10-15% of total CO2 emissions from retailing in the UK. It is hardly surprising therefore that logistics features prominently in the environmental statements of large retailers. ...

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Reducing energy consumption and emissions in the logistics sector
Chapter

McKinnon, A C. in Energy, transport, and the environment: Addressing the sustainable mobility paradigm. eds. Inderwildi, O.R. and King, D., Springer: London, 521-537 (2012)

Logistics is a relatively energy-intensity sector which is rapidly expanding mainly as a result of globalisation. This chapter assesses its share of global energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and considers how this is likely to change over the next 40 years. ...

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Green Logistics Research Agenda
Proceedings

Report of International Workshop on Green Logistics Research, Brussels February 2010

An international workshop was held in Brussels in February 2010 to discuss the development of Green Logistics and outline a possible agenda for future research.  This event, which was attended by 37 specialists from eight countries, was jointly organised by Heriot-Watt University (UK) and the University of Linkoping (Sweden).  ...

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Sustainable freight distribution
Chapter

McKinnon, A.C. in Integrated futures and transport choices: UK transport policy beyond the 1998 White Paper and Transport Act eds, Hine, J. and Preston J., Ashgate, Aldershot, 132-153 (2003)

Of the 162 pages in the UK government’s Integrated Transport White Paper of 1998, only around six were specifically related to freight transport, raising concerns about the extent to which freight would be ‘integrated’ into its new policy framework. The main exposition of its policy on freight emerged the following year as a ‘daughter document’ entitled ‘Sustainable Distribution’. ...

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Logistics and the environment
Chapter

McKinnon, A. C. in Handbook of transport and the environment, eds. Hensher, D.A. and Button, K. Pergamon, Amsterdam, 665-686. (2003)

This book chapter provides a state-of-the-art review of green logistics in the early years of this century. The book as whole is concerned with the environmental impact of transport. This chapter argues that to explore all the options for reducing this impact in the freight sector, it is necessary to ... ...

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Logistical restructuring, freight traffic growth and the environment
Chapter

McKinnon, A. C. in: Transport policy and the environment, ed. Banister, D., E. & F. N. Spon: London, 97-113. (1998)

This book chapter shows how the amount of freight movement, and its related environmental impacts, are the result of interaction between four levels of logistical decision-making affecting logistics structure, the pattern of trading links, the scheduling of product flow and the management of transport resources. ...

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Logistics and the environment / Reducing the impact
Article

McKinnon, A.C. in Logistics Europe magazine. June and August (1996)

These two articles in consecutive issues of Logistics Europe begin be asking if ‘green logistics’ is just another ‘bandwagon’ whose impact on logistics practice will be limited and temporary. Or could it challenge the prevailing commercial paradigm that underpins logistics management? ...

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