Optimizing Urban Distribution Routes for Perishable Foods Considering Carbon Emission Reduction

Lin, Diansheng and Zhang, Zhiyong and Wang, Jiaxin and Yang, Liu and Shi, Yongqiang and Soar, Jeffrey ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4964-7556 (2019) Optimizing Urban Distribution Routes for Perishable Foods Considering Carbon Emission Reduction. Sustainability, 11 (16). pp. 1-22. ISSN 2071-1050

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Abstract

The increasing demand for urban distribution increases the number of transportation vehicles which intensifies the congestion of urban traffic and leads to a lot of carbon emissions. This paper focuses on carbon emission reduction in urban distribution, taking perishable foods as the object. It carries out optimization analysis of urban distribution routes to explore the impact of low carbon policy on urban distribution routes planning. On the base of analysis of the cost components and corresponding constraints of urban distribution, two optimization models of urban distribution route with and without carbon emissions cost are constructed, and fuel quantity related to cost and carbon emissions in the model is calculated based on traffic speed, vehicle fuel quantity and passable time period of distribution. Then an improved algorithm which combines genetic algorithm and tabu search algorithm is designed to solve models. Moreover, an analysis of the influence of carbon tax price is also carried out. It is concluded that in the process of urban distribution based on the actual network information, the path optimization considering the low carbon factor can effectively reduce the distribution process of CO2, and reduce the total cost of the enterprise and society, thus achieving greater social benefits at a lower cost. In addition, the government can encourage low-carbon distribution by rationally adjusting the price of carbon tax to achieve a higher social benefit.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2020 07:01
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2020 01:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: low carbon; urban distribution; perishable foods; route optimization; cost
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080699 Information Systems not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4609 Information systems > 460999 Information systems not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8898 Environmentally Sustainable Transport > 889802 Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transport Activities
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164387
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36882

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