Universiteit Stellenbosch
Welkom by Universiteit Stellenbosch
Departement Logistiek: Navorsingseminaar
Begin: 18/04/2023, 13:00
Einde: 18/04/2023, 14:00
Kontak:Linke Potgieter -
Plek: Van der Sterr, room 3022

Spreker /Presenter : Prof Alan McKinnon (Kuehne Logistics University)

Titel/Title : Net zero logistics: a review of the carbon mitigation and sequestration options

Tyd/Time : 13:00 – 14:00, Tuesday 18th of April 2023

Plek/Location : MS Teams and VDS 3022

Opsomming /Abstract:

Logistical activities account for around 11-12% of energy-related CO2 emissions worldwide. Many businesses have now committed to get these emissions down to ‘net zero’ by 2050 or earlier. This will be very difficult to achieve, given the predicted growth of freight transport and its almost total dependence on fossil fuel. The presentation will outline a framework that businesses or governments can use when developing a decarbonisation strategy for logistics operations. It will then examine five categories of carbon mitigation measure: reducing the demand for freight movement, shifting freight to lower carbon transport modes, improving vehicle utilisation, raising energy efficiency and switching logistics to low-carbon renewable energy. To reach net zero, mitigation will need to be supplemented by significant sequestration of greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere. The talk will consider the implications for logistics of organising carbon dioxide removal and storage at a planetary scale. It will end by differentiating logistical activities in terms of their likelihood of becoming carbon neutral or carbon negative over the next few decades.