Seminar: Measuring and managing carbon emissions in transportation: the devil is in the detail


Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Title:  Measuring and managing carbon emissions in transportation: the devil is in the detail

Speaker: Prof. Jan C. Fransoo
                Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Date: Feb. 23th, 2012 (Thursday)

Time: 4:30p.m.-5:30p.m.

Venue: Room 513
            William M.W. Mong Engineering Building
            (Engineering Building Complex Phase 2)


Subject to consumer and regulatory pressures, an increasing number of companies are reporting their carbon emissions and announcing targets to reduce these. In order to have realistic targets and be able to analyze the reduction potential, measuring emissions is crucial. In this talk, I will focus on carbon emissions in transportation and outline the various methods of estimaing emissions, based on a series of case studies conducted of European distribution networks. Based on the insights developed in these case studies, we develop a number of formal models to show the impact of regulatory measures, and also we show the value of measuring emissions in detail. We conclude that regulatory measures to price carbon may have different impact than anticipated, and that measuring in detail may be worth the extra effort.


Jan C. Fransoo is a professor of Operations Management and Logistics in the School of Industrial Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. He holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering and a PhD in Operations Management & Logistics from Eindhoven University of Technology. He also serves as Research Director of the European Supply Chain Forum, a collaborative effort with about 25 large multinational companies. He is currently also vice-president of Dinalog (Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics), a national center of excellence in the area of supply chain management. Professor Fransoo held various visiting appointments at US universities, including Clemson University, the University of California at Los Angeles, Stanford University, and most recently, in 2011, at MIT’s Center for Transportation & Logistics. He currently serves as Associate Editor of Operations Research, Senior Editor of Production and Operations Management and is editorial board member of six other academic journals in the fields of operations and supply chain management. He has published over 60 papers in academic journals and presented at many academic and industry conferences, on topics such as production planning, supply chain and inventory management, and transportation planning. His most recent work is addressing issues such as synchromodal transportation, distribution in megacities, and carbon-efficient supply chain management. He also serves on various governmental and nationwide committees in the Netherlands, such as the Strategisch Platform Logistiek (Strategic Platform on Logistics).

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Host: Prof. Sean X. Zhou

Tel: (852) 3943-8336


Enquiries: Prof. Nan Chen or Prof. Sean X. Zhou
                 Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management





Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 08:30 to 09:30