Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - BV (479) MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA GESTIONALE
057013 - GREEN LOGISTICS
With increasing quantities of goods moving across the globe, growing environmental regulatory pressures and increasing customers’ expectations, sustainable logistics has now become one of the key business areas for companies to compete, be successful and thrive in nowadays business environment. The course aims to provide students with the capabilities to master advanced managerial issues related to Sustainable Logistics operations. Understanding the environmental impact of complex logistics systems, identifying the practices and actions that can be undertaken by managers to embrace more sustainable logistics strategies and design greener logistics networks, becoming aware of the tools and methods for sustainability quantification, analysing the company’s green logistics performance over a set of relevant KPIs will be among the key topics.
The course fits into the overall program curriculum pursuing some of the defined general learning goals. In particular, the course contributes to the development of the following capabilities:
Understand context, functions, processes in a business and industrial environment and the impact of those factors on business performance
Identify trends, technologies and key methodologies in a specific domain (specialization streams)
Design solutions applying a scientific and engineering approach (Analysis, Learning, Reasoning, and Modelling capability deriving from a solid and rigorous multidisciplinary background) to face problems and opportunities in a business and industrial environment
Risultati di apprendimento attesi
Understand and describe:
the main green logistics strategies and their consistency with the general company strategy
the main practices and actions that can be undertaken in the arena of green logistics, with reference to key aspects such as network design, transport, warehousing, and logistics innovation
the main methodologies for sustainability quantification and company’s green logistics performance analysis
Apply the theories, models, principles and criteria to understand and address real-world problems related to green logistics
Design and illustrate innovative logistics solutions in new fields (e.g. sustainable B2c eCommerce and last mile delivery)
Sustainability in Logistics as a strategic priority for companies. Definition of Green Logistics. Evolution of the concept over time. Triple Bottom Line (TBL) and SDG frameworks. Types of environmental impact. Green logistics and corporate strategy.
Assessing Green Logistics: frameworks and quantification methods. Guidelines, metrics and measures. GHG Protocol, ISO standards, GLEC framework. The carbon footprint of logistics activities.
Sustainable logistics network and green transport. Design and management of green logistics networks. The role of transport in greening logistics networks and types of sustainable transport solutions. Cost, service and sustainability performance. Sustainability performance quantification.
Green warehousing. Energy-efficient solutions for warehousing. Best practices and impacts on corporate performance. Assessment of the environmental impact of logistics sites. Systems for monitoring green performances (e.g. ‘Green IT’).
Sustainability strategies for city logistics and last mile deliveries. Innovative last mile delivery solutions. Impacts on efficiency, effectiveness and environmental sustainability. City logistics networks. Crowdsourcing logistics in urban environment. Relationship between service level and sustainability.
New models of collaboration towards sustainability. Collaborative practices. The role of logistics service providers (LSPs) in improving sustainability.
The impact of logistics on social sustainability. Logistics solutions for reducing food waste.
Innovation in logistics and sustainability implications. B2c eCommerce. Sustainable packaging. Reverse Logistics. Logistics 4.0 and sustainability.
The Green Logistics course leverages the following teaching methodologies:
Theoretical lessons, i.e. “traditional” lessons to provide the students with both a deep knowledge on green logistics systems/processes and criteria, methods and tools to design and manage sustainable logistics systems (ILOs 1, 2)
Practical lessons, i.e. lessons going through structured exercises to let the students apply what has learnt been during the theoretical lessons (ILO 2)
Seminars, i.e. lectures given by external guests (top managers from multinational companies and international experts) to provide the students with strong connections with the real applications of what has been learnt during the lessons (ILOs 1, 2, 3)
The course is based on the assumption that students have a basic knowledge of logistics management. Students that do not have such basic knowledge will be provided with references and material to fill the gap.
Modalità di valutazione
The final exam consists of a written examination (mandatory) and a group assignment (optional/on a voluntary basis).
The written exam is individual and structured into:
Theoretical Questions: open questions where the students have to be able to both present/describe green logistics strategies/solutions and apply them to specific contexts/problems (ILOs 1, 2, 3)
Quantitative Exercises: practical exercises with numbers where students are required to apply the methods learnt during the course (ILOs 1, 2)
The group assignment is optional (not mandatory) and can be carried out in small groups. It consists of a real business case to be discussed in terms of as-is process analysis and identification/proposal of logistics strategies and solutions for improving the overall sustainability performance. The evaluation of the assignment is between 0-3 points to be added to the final mark of the written exam (ILOs 1, 2, 3).
The teaching material consists of: (i) a set of slides supporting the in-class lectures; (ii) practical lessons/exercises; (iii) selected references (e.g. selection of papers and book chapters). All the material will be available before the related lesson on WeBeep.
A. McKinnon, M. Browne, M. Piecyk, A. Whiteing, Green logistics: improving the environmental sustainability of logistics, Editore: Kogan Page, Anno edizione: 2015, ISBN: 978-0749471859
D.B. Grant, A. Trautrims, C.Y. Wong, Sustainable logistics and supply chain management: principles and practices for sustainable operations and management, Editore: Kogan Page, Anno edizione: 2017, ISBN: 978-0749468668
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