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Environmental management of the logistic chain: With specific reference to ports and noise

Michail, Antonios 2008. Environmental management of the logistic chain: With specific reference to ports and noise. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.

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Abstract

The logistic chain has evolved from being a concept of integrated transport activity to that of a fully functioning, dynamic, and complex multi-component system with the primary function of delivering effective management of freight mobility. Whilst humanity is faced with the challenge of reducing the impact of transport on the environment without losing the benefits to society and economies, a holistic approach to the environmental management of the logistic chain emerges as a necessity. The thesis follows a multi-method and interdisciplinary, phased pathway in order to (1) assess the feasibility and practicability of delivering sustainable development through such a chain, (2) address the challenges inherent to its implementation, and (3) develop a model that guides the development and delivery of an environmental management system specifically focussed on the logistic chain. Following an environmental management based methodology, the significant environmental aspects of the logistic chain operations are identified and analysed. Focus is then placed on the major players in the chain (transport buyers, providers and operators) and, in particular, on selected practices that have the potential to improve chain environmental performance and guide the future trends of the sector's response. Seaports are selected for purposes of evaluation and validation of various options as they arguably represent the major and most complex of the logistic nodes in terms of intense intermodal and multi-actor interest. The evolution and trends in the field of integrated seaport area management are evaluated by specifically designed surveys and case studies. Similarly, noise is selected as a multi-source, trans-boundary and complex issue in order to examine the potential options for control of significant environmental aspects of the logistic chain. The feasibility of integrated noise management throughout the chain is assessed through the demonstration of available management response options. The results and the major observations are finally synthesised in order to propose a generic model suitable for addressing the challenges of integrated environmental management of the logistic chain.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
ISBN: 9781303185359
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2016 23:14
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/55792

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