Green Logistics Course


The main objective of logistics is to co-ordinate the movement of products through the supply chain in a way that meets customer requirements at minimum cost. In the past this cost has been defined in purely monetary terms. As concern for the environment rises, companies must take more account of the external costs of logistics associated mainly with climate change, air pollution, noise, vibration and accidents.


5 days

Course Objectives

On completion of this practical course you should be able to:

  • Analyze the environmental consequences of logistics and understand how to deal with them.
  • Examine ways of reducing the externalities and achieve a more sustainable balance between economic, environmental and social objectives.
  • Gain a wide knowledge on green logistics research and discuss its model.
  • Determine and asses the external impact of freight transport and measure the environmental impact.
  • Discuss the framework for assessing the environmental impact of warehouses and examine ways of reducing the environmental impact.
  • Identify and discuss the role of government in promoting green logistics.

Course Outline

Module 1: Assessing The Environmental Effects Of Logistics

Environmental Sustainability: A New Priority For Logistics Managers

  • A brief history of green logistics research
  • Green logistics: rhetoric and reality
  • Future scenarios
  • A model for green logistics research

Assessing The External Impacts Of Freight Transport

  • External impacts
  • Environmental standards
  • Measuring the environmental impact of freight transport

Carbon Auditing Of Companies, Supply Chains And Products

  • Guidelines for carbon footprinting
  • The carbon footprinting process
  • Success factors in carbon footprinting

Case Study: Carbon Auditing Of Road Freight Transport Operations In Kenya 

Evaluating And Internalizing The Environmental Costs Of Logistics

  • Arguments for and against the internalization of environmental costs
  • Monetary valuation of environmental costs
  • Internalization of the external costs imposed by road freight vehicles in Kenya 

Module 2: Strategic Perspective

Restructuring Road Freight Networks Within Supply Chains

  • Traditional network design
  • Green network design
  • Uncertainty in transport and supply chains
  • Uncertainty mitigation approaches in road freight transport networks
  • Gaps in our understanding and priorities for research
  • Consequences and conclusions

Transferring Freight To ‘Greener’ Transport Modes

  • Characteristics of the main freight transport modes
  • Environmental impacts of the main freight transport modes

Case Study: Container Train Load Factors

  • The policy framework
  • Examples of measures aimed at achieving modal shift for environmental benefit
  • Rail and water industries

Development Of Greener Vehicles, Aircraft And Ships

  • Road freight
  • Rail freight operations
  • Air freight
  • Shipping

Reducing The Environmental Impact Of Warehousing

  • Scale of the environmental impact
  • Increasing resource intensity
  • Framework for assessing the environmental impact of warehouses
  • Ways of reducing the environmental impact

Module 3: Operational Perspective

Opportunities For Improving Vehicle Utilization

  • Measuring vehicle utilization
  • Factors affecting the utilization of truck capacity

 Optimizing The Routing Of Vehicles

  • Vehicle routing problems
  • Types of problem
  • Environmental impact

Increasing Fuel Efficiency In The Road Freight Sector

  • Fuel efficiency of new trucks
  • Vehicle design: aerodynamic profiling
  • Reducing the vehicle tare weight
  • Vehicle purchase decision
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Increasing the fuel efficiency of trucking operations
  • Benchmarking the fuel efficiency of trucks
  • More fuel-efficient driving
  • Fleet management

Reverse Logistics For The Management Of Waste

  • Waste management in the context of reverse logistics
  • The impact of waste treatment legislation
  • Reuse, refurbishment markets and take-back schemes
  • Managing waste as part of a sustainable reverse process

Module 4: Key Issues

The food miles debate: is shorter better?

  • Transport and GHGs: is further worse?
  • Transport, the second-order impacts and the implications for GHGs
  • Local versus global and the self-sufficiency question

Sustainability Strategies For City Logistics 

  • Urban freight research and policy making
  • Efficiency problems in urban freight transport
  • Urban freight transport initiatives
  • Urban consolidation centers
  • Joint working between the public and private sectors
  • Environmental zones

Benefits And Costs Of Switching To Alternative Fuels

  • Market developments of alternative fuels
  • Current use of alternative fuels in the freight industry
  • The future

E-Business, E-Logistics And The Environment

  • Business-to-business (B2B)
  • Business-to-consumer (B2C)
  • Restructuring of the supply chain
  • The future
  • Public policy perspective

Module 5: The Role Of Government In Promoting Green Logistics

  • Objectives of public policy on sustainable logistics
  • Policy measures
  • Reducing freight transport intensity
  • Shifting freight to greener transport modes
  • Improving vehicle utilization
  • Increasing energy efficiency
  • Cutting emissions relative to energy use

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FAQs & Course Administration Details:

This training can also be customized to suit the needs of your institution upon request. You can have it delivered in our IRES Training Centre or at a convenient location. For further inquiries, please contact us on Phone: +254 715 077 817 or Email: [email protected].
The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web-based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields. All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.
Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Institute (IRES) certificate certified by the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).
Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before start of the course. Send proof of payment to [email protected].
Accommodation and airport pickup are arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer. Email: [email protected] Phone: +254 715 077 817.

Who else has taken this course?

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1 ABi Development Limited Uganda