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Green Logistics by Michael Browne, Anthony Whiteing, Sharon Cullinane, Alan McKinnon

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Evaluating and internalizing the environmental costs of logistics

Maja Piecyk, Alan McKinnon and Julian Allen

INTRODUCTION

All the environmental impacts of logistics impose costs. Some of these costs, arising for example from damage to business premises or injuries to employees, are borne by the company performing the logistics activities and appear in its balance sheet. Others have wider effects on the community and ecosystem that are not costed in the conventional sense and are excluded from a company’s financial accounts. The term ‘externality’ is often used to describe these effects. A strong case can be made for estimating the costs ...

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