Logistics service providers’ energy efficiency initiatives for environmental sustainability
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2022

Purpose – This paper discusses logistics service providers’ (LSPs’) energy efficiency initiatives for
sustainable development, both from an evolutionary perspective and based on a framework consisting of
actions, processes (i.e. at the operations interface) and services (i.e. at the customer interface).

Design/methodology/approach – Following a qualitative research design, semi-structured interviews were
conducted with sustainability managers at LSPs and the data were analysed via inductive coding. Based on the results
and the literature, the authors developed a maturity model for LSPs’ transitions to environmental sustainability.
Findings – LSPs’ sustainable development occurs via operational processes, services at the customer
interface, and actions that support those processes and services. Energy efficiency efforts are characterised by
process depth that helps LSPs to align with their customers’ energy efficiency improvement processes. While
services related to energy efficiency connect LSPs and their customers, actions in support vary depending on
the logistics activities in which LSPs participate.

Research limitations/implications –
Further research is needed to test and verify the maturity model and
to clarify the interdependency of its three dimensions.

Practical implications –
By categorising energy efficiency initiatives and proposing a maturity model for
LSPs’ sustainable development via energy efficiency, the authors have developed a tool for logistics actors to
assess their progress towards improved sustainability.

Originality/value – The paper contributes to the literature by providing a three-pillar framework to
understand the sustainability transitions of LSPs through energy efficiency. Developing a maturity model
using this framework also contributes to the literature with an approach to assess sustainability advancement
in the logistics industry.

Keywords Environmental sustainability, Green logistics, Logistics service providers, Maturity model,
Sustainable logistics

Logistics service providers

Maturity model

Green logistics

Sustainable logistics

Logistics energy efficiency

energy efficiency improvement Environmental sustainability

Författare

Jessica Wehner

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Service Management and Logistics

Naghmeh Taghavi Nejad Deilami

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Service Management and Logistics

Ceren Altuntas Vural

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Service Management and Logistics

Arni Halldorsson

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Service Management and Logistics

International Journal of Logistics Management

0957-4093 (ISSN)

Vol. 33 5 1-26

ELIN: Energieffektivisering av logistiktjänster – inifrån och ut

Energimyndigheten (P43314-2), 2016-12-06 -- 2019-12-31.

Ämneskategorier

Annan maskinteknik

Tvärvetenskapliga studier

Övrig annan teknik

Drivkrafter

Hållbar utveckling

Styrkeområden

Transport

Produktion

Energi

DOI

10.1108/IJLM-10-2019-0270

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2022-04-02