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Green logistics management: balancing environmental and shareholder priorities

Aim of the colloquium

The main aim of the colloquium is to establish a forum to discuss contemporary and future issues on environmental sustainability in logistics and supply chain management affecting both research and practice. Accordingly, scholars, company managers and practitioners are the target audience of the colloquium. In addition, the colloquium seeks to set-up a base to identify areas for developing collaborative projects in this area.


The colloquium is organised on two-days basis in which there will be keynote speeches and paper presentations in order to have fresh views on both academic research and practice on green logistics and supply chain management.

Sessions background

The colloquium is organised into three different sessions along the two days. Here is the background and the objectives of each of sessions:

Session 1: Current issues and future challenges in green road transport management
Freight transport is essential for the economic development even if it is harmful to the environment and the human health. Recently, manufacturers, retailers and logistics service providers are putting increasing attention to negative externalities of their transport operations. Most of the freight transportation is carried out by road mode which emits the largest proportion of pollutants. Despite the improvements in transport technologies and fuels, the emission of the transport sector at global and regional level continues to increase. The session attempts to answer the following questions: what are the current and future practices that may reduce the environmental impact of road transport operations and increase profitability and value creation in the supply chain? How road transport hauliers may better collaborate with manufacturers and retailers in order to achieve more green and profitable road transport operations? How to improve the control on emissions in the road freight transport chain?

Session 2: Environmental performance measurement in the supply chain: practices and methodological issues
For the vast majority of companies, the costs and savings associated with the adoption of environmental sustainability initiatives and programmes seem to be a deciding factor. In response to increasing demands of incorporating environmental sustainability concerns in the business model, firms have become increasingly interested in the environmental performance measurement at both company and supply chain level. Despite there are many cases where a positive impact of environmental measures on business performance has been recorded, the analysis of the impact of green initiatives on company and supply chain performance is at an early stage. In addition, recent research also found that the lack of a standard methodology for environmental performance measurement inhibiting companies from sharing the costs and benefits of environmental initiatives. This session seeks to answer the following questions: what are the goals, requirements, and challenges of measuring environmental performance in the current supply chain practices? How collaboration among shippers and logistics service providers may improve and facilitate the measurement of environmental performance? What are the most innovative methodologies in measuring supply chain environmental performance?

Session 3: The role of shipper and collaboration for reducing the environmental impact of logistics operations
Several research have put in evidence that there is a general consensus that buyer influence on green initiatives is limited and environmental sustainability has not been fully incorporated in the sourcing decision-making process of more green logistics services yet. On the other side, other studies have stressed the critical role of shippers in spurring environmental sustainability programmes in logistics service providers. As a result, the level of collaboration among shipper and logistics service providers may vary according with a number of factors such as the company size, the type of industry and the level of environmental sustainability awareness. The main aim of this session is to discuss and answer the following questions: what are the inter-organisational mechanisms required to set up collaborative green initiatives based on shipper-logistics service providers relationships? How technological and communicational barriers may be overcome to create successful green collaboration among shipper and logistics service providers? Which are the new approaches and innovative concepts that may be implemented in practices to increase the benefits in terms of emission and cost reductions of collaborative green initiatives?


  • Alfonso Morvillo – Chair (IRISS-CNR, Italy)
  • Alan McKinnon (the KLU, Germany)
  • Pietro Evangelista (IRISS-CNR, Italy)
  • Maria Huge-Brodin (Linkoping University, Sweden)
  • Edward Sweeney (Aston University, UK)


  • Alfonso Morvillo (IRISS-CNR, Italy)
  • Pietro Evangelista (IRISS-CNR, Italy)
  • Assunta Martone (IRISS-CNR, Italy)
  • Stefano Carotenuto (IRISS-CNR, Italy)
  • Valeria Catanese (IRISS-CNR, Italy)
  • Antonio Coviello (IRISS-CNR, Italy)
  • Daniela De Gregorio (IRISS-CNR, Italy)
  • Giuseppe Gargiulo (IRISS-CNR, Italy)
  • Attilio Musella (IRISS-CNR, Italy)
  • Angela Petrillo (IRISS-CNR, Italy)

Downloadable Files

Programme McKinnon Keynote Barbarino Keynote Ballot Keynote

Green logistics management: balancing environmental and shareholder priorities


28/09/2016 - 29/09/2016    
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