IJLRA 2004 Abukhader and Jonson

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Logistics and the Environment: Is it an Established Subject? SAJED M. ABUKHADER Ã AND GUNILLA JO ¨ NSON Department of Design Sciences, Lund University, Sweden ABSTRACT The issue of environmental implications of logistics systems is one of the future challenges to logisticians. The purpose of this paper is to explore the logistics and supply chain management (SCM) discipline to see how the scientiFc community handles this challenge. Observations in the primary literature have revealed that there are weak ties between the logis- tics / SCM discipline and the environmental discipline. Our analysis indicates that the literature seems to be unbalanced: knowledge about assessing “impact of logistics on environment” is missing, and most emphasis is on “impact of environment on logistics”. Knowledge about implementation comes mainly within reverse logistics literature, which has been described by scholars as exploratory and anecdotal. When comparing the subject logistics / supply chain management and environment (log / SC and environ) with other subjects in the logistics litera- ture, less attention has been paid to “log / SC and environ”. Moreover, almost half the articles on “log / SC and environ” are published outside the primary logistics-related journals. Introduction The environmental implications of logistics systems are increasingly challenging logisticians in terms of requirements towards more conservation of natural resources, reduction of emissions and recycling / reusing materials through reverse logistics means (Bowersox, 1998). Are logisticians ready for the future requirements and challenges from the different parties—consumers, governmental sectors, non- governmental organisations (NGOs), etc.? To ascertain the current situation of the environmental subject in the logistics discipline, we have initiated this paper. Regarding a subject such as logistics and the environment, there is generally a need for two types of discussion, namely, discussions on assessment / evaluation and International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications Vol. 7, No. 2, June 2004 Ã Correspondence: Sajed M. Abukhader, Department of Design Sciences, Lund University, Box 118, 22100 Lund, Sweden; E-mail: sajed.abukhader@plog.lth.se International Journal of Logistics ISSN 1367-5567 Print / ISSN 1469-848X online # 2004 Taylor and Francis Ltd http: // www.tandf.co.uk / journals DOI: 10.1080 / 13675560410001684201
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discussions on implementation of measures / solutions discussions. The assessment discussion type entails two methods of presentation: the impact of logistics on environ- ment and the impact of environment on logistics. By the word “environment”, we refer here to the knowledge in the environmental science / management Feld, where the main concern in this arena is studying the interaction of human beings with the balanced nature of all their living and non-living resources. The recent deFnition of the term “logistics” by the Council of Logistics Management (CLM, 2002) is: “Logistics is that part of the supply chain process that plans, implements, and con-
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