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Sustainability 2017, 9(3), 462; doi:10.3390/su9030462

A Carbon Emission Evaluation for an Integrated Logistics System—A Case Study of the Port of Shenzhen

School of Economics and Commerce, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006, China
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Received: 6 December 2016 / Revised: 16 March 2017 / Accepted: 17 March 2017 / Published: 20 March 2017
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Abstract

The port is an important node in logistics, and its energy consumption constitutes a considerable proportion of the transportation industry. In port logistics, not only does the energy consumption generate carbon emissions, but other business activities do as well. This paper firstly characterizes the sources of carbon emissions and the basic elements in the port system, and proposes the concept of a port-integrated logistics system. Secondly, a case study of The Port of Shenzhen is conducted and a method is provided to measure the carbon emissions in the port-integrated logistics system. This paper then suggests two approaches to reducing carbon emissions, and their economic and environmental benefits are compared. Finally, some policies are put forward to reduce carbon emissions, such as improving the efficiency of loading and unloading, and replacing the heavy fuel oil by low sulfur fuel oil and shore power. The proposed method of carbon emission reduction for port-integrated logistics systems can be generalized for the analysis of various types of ports. View Full-Text
Keywords: carbon emissions; port-integrated logistics system; shore power; low sulfur fuel oil carbon emissions; port-integrated logistics system; shore power; low sulfur fuel oil
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Yang, L.; Cai, Y.; Zhong, X.; Shi, Y.; Zhang, Z. A Carbon Emission Evaluation for an Integrated Logistics System—A Case Study of the Port of Shenzhen. Sustainability 2017, 9, 462.

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