The Road to Sustainable Transportation in Supply Chains: A Stage-Level Approach

  • Meena HotakEmail author
  • Evelin Turcios
  • Divina Grace Dayrit
  • Amit Arora
Part of the International Marketing and Management Research book series (INMAMAR)


One of the prevailing concerns in the study of supply chains is the effect of the aggregate amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by transporting goods. The mode of transportation used, whether by air, road, sea or rail, creates harmful impacts in the environment, society and economy. Sustainable transportation aims to reduce these effects and, at the same time, provide efficiency on fuel use. This chapter delves into a literature review of scholarly articles to determine how companies can achieve and maintain transportation sustainability in the supply chain. This study addresses the following questions:
  • Which mode of transportation has the least harmful effects on the environment, society and economy and is the most efficient in terms of fuel use?

  • How can a stage-level approach aid in the process of implementing a sustainable transportation in the supply chain?

  • What policies should a company implement to promote sustainable transportation internally and throughout its supply chain network?


Sustainable transportation Supply chain Freight rail Intermodal Stage-level approach GHG emissions Environment Economy Society 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meena Hotak
    • 1
    Email author
  • Evelin Turcios
    • 2
  • Divina Grace Dayrit
    • 1
  • Amit Arora
    • 2
  1. 1.University of the District of ColumbiaWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.School of Business and Public AdministrationUniversity of the District of ColumbiaWashington, DCUSA

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