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Adolf Acquaye


Time-frame: 2010–2012

Low Carbon Supply Chain

The UK aims to reduce Kyoto greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20-24 billion tonnes by 2050. In order to achieve this goal, urgent action needs to be undertaken to cope with unsustainable supply of energy and the need to reduce carbon footprint from a new perspective, based on a holistic supply chain approach.

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The project is aimed at developing a balanced green supply chain approach and system capable of providing an understanding of the impact of the green initiatives from a full supply chain perspective utilising an intrinsically multi-disciplinary approach, including contributions from sustainable science, social science, supply chain, engineering, environment, economies, energy, technology and policy work.

Key issues
- Why is a full supply chain analysis of energy efficiency and conservation fundamental to the understanding of the real impact of green initiatives?

- How may a sub-optimal approach to greening a supply chain detrimentally affect the potential for CO2 emissions reductions?

- How does a balanced approach work in greening a global supply chain under a conflicting multiple objectives scenario?

- What are the key decision variables and the trade-offs in the balanced approach?

- What are the roles of stakeholders and policy makers in greening a global supply chain?

Research issues addressed
- Critical assessment of mapping methodologies for Supply Chain.

- Development of GHG impact quantification methodologies for Supply Chain.

- Development of a balanced green supply chain model and Decision Support System for evaluating alternative green intervention scenarios on Supply Chains.

- Investigation of appropriate interventions (both in terms of green practices and clean and low carbon technologies) to optimise supply chain performance.

- Development of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for evaluating and capturing the performance of a supply chain from a sustainability point of view.

“We call for a better appreciation of urban green areas, not only as sites of an urban ecology, or as public space, but also as sites of social-ecological interaction where knowledge and learning about ecosystems takes place. Our contribution has been to provide conceptual tools like the scale-crossing broker to enrich academic and policy debates on how to handle cross-scale learning and adaptive ecosystem governance,” Ernstson and Barthel conclude.

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