Decarbonizing Logistics and Supply Chain through Sustainable Innovation

Submission deadline date: 10 November 2024

JILT Special Issue


The escalating threat of climate change has made the decarbonization of global supply chain imperative. This special issue is dedicated to examining innovative sustainable practices in logistics and supply chain management essential for minimizing carbon footprints and enhancing environmental sustainability. The focus is on transformative strategies that integrate digital technologies, renewable energy sources and efficient logistics to foster the decarbonization of supply chains. Particular attention will be given to product, process and practice that not only mitigate emissions but also bolster economic viability and social accountability.

In the contemporary landscape, corporations face increasing scrutiny over their environmental impacts, which extend across their entire supply chain. This heightened focus on entire supply chain emissions, compels companies to pursue comprehensive decarbonization strategies. Such strategies include minimizing emissions from raw material acquisition, manufacturing, transportation and product usage. Global organizations are increasingly adopting eco-friendly practices to strengthen their market positions, compelling industry leaders to implement effective measures that sustain productivity. Further, achieving significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions involves engaging all stakeholders in accountable practices aimed at reducing and ultimately neutralizing greenhouse gas emissions. The adoption of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are pivotal in measuring and optimizing the emission outputs of supply chains, steering them closer to sustainable, decarbonized operations.

The key objectives of this Special Issue of JILT are:

  • To showcase innovative strategies and technologies that aid in the decarbonization of logistics and supply chains;
  • To investigate the adoption of renewable energy solutions in transport and warehousing;
  • To discuss the impact of digital transformations in streamlining supply chain operations and reducing ecological footprints; and
  • To review policy frameworks and business models that facilitate sustainable supply chain initiatives.

Authors may submit papers relevant to the theme of this Special Issue and fall within the scope of the Journal of International Logistics and Trade (JILT). This Special Issue will publish revised and substantially extended versions of choice papers presented at the 6th Yangtze-River Research and Innovation Belt Conference and the 9th GRN-BRI International Conference 2024 under the theme “Business Innovation, Supply Chain Resilience and Sustainable Development”. Authors are encouraged to submit meticulously researched papers that provide both theoretical and practical insights into the decarbonization of supply chains. All submissions will undergo a rigorous peer-review process to ensure the highest standards of academic rigor and thematic relevance. Authors Guidelines must be strcitly followed.

List of Topic Areas

This special issue covers but not limited to the following areas:

  • Innovations in Developing Sustainable Products: Emphasis on circular economy principles, business sustainability, and environmental impact assessments.
  • Innovations in Low-Carbon Transportation Modes: Examination of electric, hydrogen, and hybrid logistics vehicles and their contributions to sustainable supply chains.
  • Renewable Energy Integration in Supply Chains: Case studies and theoretical models for embedding solar and wind energy solutions in logistics operations.
  • Digital Transformation for Sustainable Supply Chains: Exploration of IoT, AI, and blockchain technologies in enhancing supply chain transparency and efficiency, while minimizing waste and emissions.
  • Circular Economy and Supply Chain Resilience: Strategies for material recycling, waste valorization, developing value-added products, and closed-loop systems.
  • Policy and Regulatory Environment for Sustainable Logistics: Analysis of global and regional policies promoting supply chain sustainability.

Key Deadlines

  • Opening date for special issue manuscripts submission: 10 June 2024
  • Closing date for special issue manuscripts submission: 10 November 2024
  • Final date for manuscript acceptance and Editorial submission: 30 November 2024

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Guest Co-Editors

Professor Paul Tae-Woo Lee, Director, Maritime Logistics and Free Trade Islands Research Center, Director, Institute of Maritime Logistics , Ocean College, Zhejiang University, Zhoushan 316021, China, [email protected]

Professor Srikanta Routroy, Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering, BITS, Pilani, India, [email protected]

Professor Prasanta Sahu, Ph.D. BITS Pilani, Hyderabad, India, [email protected]

Professor Prem Chhetri, Department of Supply Chain and Logistics Management, RMIT University, Australia, [email protected]

About the Journal

Journal of International Logistics and Trade (JILT) is housed within Jungseok Research Institute (JRI) at Inha university, which is one of the most research-intensive universities of S. Korea. Based on 20 years of international publication history, JILT is currently acting as a global academic platform where international scholars exchange their insights and generate academic inspirations.

The ultimate goals of JILT are to improve our understanding on the logistics and trade practices between firms, industries and countries in global economic structure and finally to disseminate new knowledges to international scholars and existing literature.

Emerald Publishing proudly partners with the Jungseok Research Institute to publish its Journal of International Logistics and Trade.