Sprekers /Presenters : Dr Martin du Plessis (SU/Industrial Engineering)
Titel/Title : A carbon mapping framework for the international distribution of fresh fruit: A standard for estimating GHG emissions
Tyd/Time : 13:00 – 14:00, Friday 25th of August 2023
Plek/Location : MS Teams and VDS 3022
The emissions impact of distributing goods such as fresh fruit is increasingly attracting attention due to the heightened awareness of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. However, despite the importance of freight logistics, assessing how transportation, handling, and storage of goods produce emissions, is largely an underdeveloped field. In this presentation, Dr Martin du Plessis, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Industrial Engineering in collaboration with the Department of Logistics, will discuss the framework and emission intensity factors he developed for the South African fruit export industry and researchers to better understand the carbon footprint of fresh fruit distribution. The framework and factors enable any stakeholder with reasonable knowledge to calculate the carbon footprint and the total emissions produced by the various distribution activities of packed fruit from the packhouse door to the port of discharge. He will also present some results of example shipments' carbon footprint and discuss the work he is currently busy with to expand the scope of the framework.