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Pollution optimisation study of logistics in SMEs

Anand Jaiswal (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, India)
Cherian Samuel (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, India)
G. Abhishek Ganesh (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, India)

Management of Environmental Quality

ISSN: 1477-7835

Article publication date: 13 November 2018

Issue publication date: 15 May 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a solution for greening the supply chain of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by minimising the vehicular pollutant emission in the logistics network.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper proposes an optimisation model to reduce the pollution emission in the logistics of supply chain network in SMEs. The work considers vehicle routing and selection of suppliers, manufacturers and assemblers according to the availability of various Bharat Stage Emission Standards type vehicles. Introsort sorting based selection algorithm is used to solve the problem. The proposed solution is implemented using C++ on an experimental data set for analysing the model.

Findings

The outcome of the study is a pollution optimisation model for logistics of SMEs. The finding shows an approach to reduce total vehicular pollution emission in the logistics network in meeting the demand. The model is tested over an experimental study, and the result findings show which supply chain entities, type of environmental standard vehicles and vehicle routes are selected for the specific demand.

Research limitations/implications

The proposed model is confined to pollution optimisation with limited parameters only and does not consider cost and other factors that can be included in future work.

Practical implications

The work can be used for limiting pollution in logistics system as the corporate social responsibility of enterprises.

Originality/value

Proposed work presents a sustainable and green solution for pollution control in logistics activities of the SMEs.

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Citation

Jaiswal, A., Samuel, C. and Ganesh, G.A. (2019), "Pollution optimisation study of logistics in SMEs", Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 30 No. 4, pp. 731-750. https://doi.org/10.1108/MEQ-04-2018-0077

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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