Back from the Future: Report on Sustainable Logistics Systems 2020
2009 (English)In: Proceedings from the 14th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference: Volatile and Fragile Supply Chains, Cardiff, Wales: Cardiff Business School , 2009, 117-123 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Due to the alarming reports on climate change probably caused by industrial and human activities, the awareness that “we need to do something” is growing in society. And there is not much time – in 2050 CO2-emissions need to be reduced by 80%, compared to the levels some decade ago. In this a huge challenge is to pinpoint where we want to arrive, and what an improved future forecast may look like. Gazing as far as to 2050 would be accurate, however taking such a large leap can be considered as such a large effort that it paralyses rather than encourages action. As there is a need to start acting immediately to be able to alter the development, we have chosen to, as a first step, take a look at what should and can be accomplished during a shorter period of time, and start by gazing towards 2020. The paper aims at the logistics- and transport domain.
The purpose of the paper is to describe and discuss desirable scenarios regarding sustainable transport- and logistics systems by 2020.
The basis for this paper is a series of focused group meetings in a “Think-tank” setting, where actors representing shippers, logistics- and transport providers and authorities were gathered into group discussions. The task given to the participants was to discuss what goals they perceived as both necessary to reach, and realistic to have reached, by 2020. Scenarios were built based on notes from four researchers acting “flies-on the-wall” in the Think-tank.
Findings and Originality
The findings of this paper are presented as a scenario, or a “report from the future”, of the situation for transport and logistics in 2020 when the development has become more sustainable. The data gathering and scenario building was initially focused on CO2-emissions, however an aspect that emerged as perhaps even more relevant was the more general discussion on resources and energy. The scenarios include innovations in product development and delivery, elaborations on the global centralisation trends, new views on delivery service aspects and collaborative initiatives.
The paper takes mainly a corporate approach to transport and logistics. It provides insight into what can be realistic goals in a close future, and which changes are needed to reach these goals.
The paper can provide a basis for further discussions among practitioners on where to direct future actions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cardiff, Wales: Cardiff Business School , 2009. 117-123 p.
Future scenario, green logistics, practitioner’s perspective
National CategoryOther Mechanical Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20855ISBN: 978-1-904564-31-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-20855DiVA: diva2:236589
ProjectsKonkurrenskraftiga affärsmodeller för att möta framtidens krav på hållbara logistiksystem