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Bioeconomy for Sustainable Freight Transportation and Logistics

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Bioeconomy of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (17 September 2023) | Viewed by 4680

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PDPM Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing Jabalpur, Jabalpur, India
Interests: multirate signal processing; filter and filter bank design; multirate techniques for communication systems; ECG signal processing and analysis; image processing; biomedical signal processing

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Jindal Global Business School, OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India
Interests: freight transportation; logistics management; product recovery systems; circular supply chain; Industry 4.0; sustainability

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Department of Operations & Analytics, Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, New Delhi, India
Interests: freight transportation; logistics management; sustainability; flexibility

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Department of Operations Management & Analytics, Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, New Delhi, India
Interests: logistics service providers; sustainability; digitalization; MCDM techniques; service quality

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Department of Mechanical Engineering Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, India
Interests: freight transportation; logistics management; sustainability; Industry 4.0
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Dear Colleagues,

In the existing era, logistics and transportation can be considered the backbone of a nation's economy. The logistics and transportation sectors contribute more to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expenditure in developing countries than in developed countries. Even though freight transportation is frequently viewed as a source of economic growth, it also has environmental consequences. The sector's long-term viability is critical for promoting urban development and mitigating the negative effects of freight logistics, such as traffic congestion, air pollution, and noise pollution. To deal with environmental issues, various countries have developed strategies to achieve carbon neutrality within the next two to three decades. The use of fossil fuels for transportation is one of the primary causes of high Green House Gas (GHG) emissions in the transportation sector. Bioeconomy has the potential to be a viable solution to overall sustainability. The bioeconomy refers to the sectors of the economy that produce and consume renewable biological resources. Initiatives such as the introduction of ethanol-blend gasoline or hydrogen-powered vehicles promise to achieve carbon neutrality. In terms of performance, such initiatives are competitive with traditional processes. For example, hydrogen-powered vehicles have the potential to provide similar utilization to gasoline-powered vehicles. As a result, hydrogen may have an essential contribution to decarbonizing the logistics system. Despite its importance, the bioeconomy has received little attention in the logistics sector.

This Special Issue seeks relevant research and discussions on the role of bioeconomy in sustainable freight transportation and logistics management. Articles that are original and scholarly in nature and address sustainable freight transportation and logistics solutions, preferably focusing on the concepts of bioeconomy for sustainable logistics operations are encouraged. Contributions relating to conceptual frameworks, reviews, or empirical results, are welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Conceptual models on the adoption of bioeconomy principles for sustainable freight transportation
  • Opportunities and challenges of hydrogen-fueled freight transportation
  • Circular economy principles for bioeconomy
  • OR-based decision-making models for bioeconomy in sustainable logistics
  • Planning and governance towards bioeconomy for sustainable logistics
  • Drivers and barriers of bioeconomy in the sustainable logistics system
  • Role of bioeconomy in achieving carbon neutrality
  • Recent trends of bioeconomy in sustainable freight transport and logistics
  • Impact of bioeconomy principles on logistics performance metrics

Dr. Anil Kumar
Prof. Dr. Ashish Dwivedi
Dr. Vipulesh Shardeo
Dr. Anchal Gupta
Dr. Saurabh Pratap
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Keywords

  • sustainable logistics
  • bioeconomy
  • freight transportation
  • hydrogen economy
  • digitalization
  • biofuels

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Digital Technique-Enabled Container Logistics Supply Chain Sustainability Achievement
by Jieyin Lyu, Fuli Zhou and Yandong He
Sustainability 2023, 15(22), 16014; https://doi.org/10.3390/su152216014 - 16 Nov 2023
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With the rapid development of digital technology, the smart sensor-based container equipment and intelligent logistics operations contribute to achieving the efficiency improvement and sustainability achievement of container supply chain under the IoT-based logistics 4.0 scenarios. This paper tries to study the state-of-the-art knowledge [...] Read more.
With the rapid development of digital technology, the smart sensor-based container equipment and intelligent logistics operations contribute to achieving the efficiency improvement and sustainability achievement of container supply chain under the IoT-based logistics 4.0 scenarios. This paper tries to study the state-of-the-art knowledge of the container logistics supply chain management motivated by digital techniques. Through data-driven analysis this review is performed to assist researchers and practitioners to better understand the container logistics management. The integrated research framework is designed by developing a bibliometric analysis study to address the research themes of the container logistics era. The related publications from the Web of Science database from 2003 to 2022 were indexed and 2897 reference samples are collected as the research data. In addition, the VosViewer is adopted to portray the network, co-occurrence, and co-word analysis by visualizing the collaborative relationships of collected samples. The results show that digital technology has been widely applied in container logistics supply chain management practices, contributing to resilience and sustainability improvement by intelligent operations. These research findings are also helpful for researchers by providing a deep penetrating insight into research opportunities and great potentials of container logistics supply chain by innovative digital technology-enabled practices. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bioeconomy for Sustainable Freight Transportation and Logistics)
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Sustainable Maritime Freight Transportation: Current Status and Future Directions
by Suneet Singh, Ashish Dwivedi and Saurabh Pratap
Sustainability 2023, 15(8), 6996; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15086996 - 21 Apr 2023
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Maritime freight has gained popularity among researchers and practitioners due to its cost efficiency and eco-friendly nature. It was initially developed for cargo transfer, but its widespread adoption has made it the backbone of global economy. Despite its favourable nature, some of its [...] Read more.
Maritime freight has gained popularity among researchers and practitioners due to its cost efficiency and eco-friendly nature. It was initially developed for cargo transfer, but its widespread adoption has made it the backbone of global economy. Despite its favourable nature, some of its serious negative effects have attracted the attention of researchers and scholars. Therefore, the present study reviews the extensive literature available on maritime freight logistics, and evaluates the existing access distance between sustainability practices and maritime freight logistics. A systematic three-stage review process including review planning, review conduct and evaluation is followed in this study. VOSviewer and the R language are used to evaluate relevant issues and changes in the literature. Thereafter, the content analysis highlights the major themes of the subject. This study underscores the impact of innovative technologies discovered to make maritime freight sustainable and also examines maritime freight transport in terms of three pillars of sustainability. The result has implications for policymakers to facilitate the smooth implementation of sustainable practices in maritime freight transportation. Full article
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