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A case study of fuel savings through optimisation of MSW transportation routes

Gilberto Tavares (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal)
Zdena Zsigraiova (Department of Furnaces and Thermal Technology, Technical University of Kosice, Kosice, Slovakia)
Viriato Semiao (Bureau of Mechanical Engineering, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal)
Maria da Graça Carvalho (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal)

Management of Environmental Quality

ISSN: 1477-7835

Article publication date: 13 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The high costs of collection and transportation of municipal solid waste (MSW) on the overall waste management budget (sometimes more than 75 per cent) makes it an issue to be urgently addressed for improvement. The paper aims to focus on the optimisation of routing networks for waste collection/transportation.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper proposes herein the application of geographic information system (GIS) 3D route modelling for waste collection/transportation to optimise the route according to the minimum fuel consumption criterion to different municipalities of the island of Santo Antao of Cape Verde.

Findings

The optimisation for the lowest fuel consumption yields 52 per cent savings in fuel, when compared to that for the shortest distance, even travelling a 34 percent longer distance, which shows the importance of considering simultaneously the relief of the territory and the lowest fuel consumption criterion when optimising vehicle routes.

Practical implications

With such a supporting decision tool savings in fuel are huge, the efficiency of management systems is improved and the environmental impact during daily operation is reduced. The GIS 3D route modelling takes into account the effects of both the road inclination and the vehicle load.

Originality/value

The originality of the work lies in the chosen approach. To optimise vehicle routes the criterion of minimum fuel consumption rather than the commonly used shortest distance is used, since fuel consumption is the factor reflecting actual costs relative to MSW management.

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Citation

Tavares, G., Zsigraiova, Z., Semiao, V. and da Graça Carvalho, M. (2008), "A case study of fuel savings through optimisation of MSW transportation routes", Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 19 No. 4, pp. 444-454. https://doi.org/10.1108/14777830810878632

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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