A Methodology for Assessing Eco-Efficiency in Logistics Networks

37 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2007

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J. Quariguasi Frota Neto

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

G. Walther

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jacqueline M. Bloemhof-Ruwaard

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Technology and Operations Management; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM); Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

J.A.E.E. van Nunen

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM); Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

T. Spengler

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: May 11, 2007

Abstract

Recent literature on sustainable logistics networks points to two important questions: (i) How to spot the preferred solution(s) balancing environmental and business concerns? (ii) How to improve the understanding of the trade-offs between these two dimensions? We posit that a complete exploration of the efficient frontier and trade-offs between profitability and environmental impacts are particularly suitable to answer these two questions. In order to deal with the exponential number of basic efficient points in the frontier, we propose a formulation that performs in exponential time for the number of objective functions only. We illustrate our findings by designing a complex recycling logistics network in Germany.

Keywords: Eco-efficiency, Environmental impacts, Profitability, Recycling logistics network

Suggested Citation

Quariguasi Frota Neto, J. and Walther, G. and Bloemhof-Ruwaard, Jacqueline M. and van Nunen, Jo and Spengler, T., A Methodology for Assessing Eco-Efficiency in Logistics Networks (May 11, 2007). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2007-037-LIS. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=968853

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G. Walther

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Jacqueline M. Bloemhof-Ruwaard

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Technology and Operations Management ( email )

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Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

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