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Sustainability Transition and Climate Change Adaption of Logistics

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Logistics includes all transport, handling, and storage processes and aims to ensure the availability of goods and services (Tempelmeier 2018). Logistics processes can be carried out by manufacturing or trading companies as well as by specialized logistics companies. The implementation of logistics processes has economic as well as social and environmental implications that need to be considered if more sustainable logistics are to be achieved. Sustainable logistics serves the needs of the current generation without endangering the ability of future generations to meet their needs (WCED 1987). Therefore, a transition of the industry is necessary. Transition includes the “system-wide interaction and co-evolution of new technologies, changes in markets, user practices, policy and cultural discourses, and governing institutions” (Coenen and López 2010: 1150). A particular challenge, influenced by the environmental impact of logistics, is climate change. At the same time,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of GeographyOsnabrück UniversityOsnabrückGermany
  2. 2.Hochschule Osnabrück University of Applied SciencesOsnabrückGermany