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The impact of alternative routeing and packaging scenarios on carbon and sulphate emissions in international wine distribution.

Harris, Irina ORCID:, Sanchez Rodrigues, Vasco ORCID:, Pettit, Stephen ORCID:, Beresford, Anthony ORCID: and Liashko, Rodion 2018. The impact of alternative routeing and packaging scenarios on carbon and sulphate emissions in international wine distribution. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 58 , pp. 261-279. 10.1016/j.trd.2016.08.036

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There is a large body of research related to carbon footprint reduction in supply chains and logistics from a wide range of sectors; however the decarbonisation of freight transport is mostly explored from a single mode perspective and at a domestic/regional level. This paper takes into account a range of alternative transport modes, routes and methods with particular reference to UK wine imports from two regions: northern Italy and Southeast Australia. The research examines supply chain structures, costs and the environmental impact of international wine distribution to the UK. A number of options are evaluated to calculate the carbon footprint and sulphate emissions of alternative route, mode, method of carriage, and packaging combinations. The estimation of CO2e emissions incor- porates three main elements - cargo mass, distance and method of carriage; sulphate emis- sions are derived from actual ship routes, engine power and operational speeds. The bottling of wine either at source or close to destination is also taken into consideration. The key findings are: there are major differences between the environmental footprint of different routeing and packaging scenarios; the international shipping leg almost always has a much larger footprint than inland transport within the UK except in the hypothetical case of the rail shipments from Italy using flexitanks. With reference to sulphate, the low- est cost scenario among the sea maximizing options is also the sulphate minimising solution.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Uncontrolled Keywords: International freight transport; Wine port/node/route selection; CO2e reduction; Sulphate emissions
Additional Information: This article is released with a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1361-9209
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 October 2016
Date of Acceptance: 24 August 2016
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 22:28

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