Policy insights from a green supply chain optimisation model

Behnam Fahimnia*, Joseph Sarkis, John Boland, Mohsen Reisi, Mark Goh

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This paper introduces a practical supply chain optimisation model that incorporates both economic and carbon emission objectives. The proposed model is implemented to examine the possible economic and environmental trade-offs for various carbon-pricing and fuel-pricing scenarios in an actual case company representing the discrete, durable parts manufacturing sector. Analysis of the numerical results provides important managerial implications and policy insights. For industry practitioners, the findings can assist in identifying the critical activities along the supply chain on which to focus in order to minimise the cost implications of a carbon-pricing regulation. For related policy-makers, the findings provide insights on how carbon should be priced to make meaningful impacts on emissions reduction while matching variations in fuel prices.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number21
Pages (from-to)6522-6533
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 17.09.2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • green supply chain
  • environmental sustainability
  • carbon regulatory policy
  • carbon pricing
  • fuel price
  • optimisation
  • case study


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