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‘Twente’s logistics sector energy demand and its sustainable potential’

Aast, C.B.J. van de (2022) ‘Twente’s logistics sector energy demand and its sustainable potential’.

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Abstract:One of the main topics in the twenty-first century is the shift from fossil fuels toward renewable energy sources to prevent climate change. This makes that the energy system, which has been developed for more than a hundred years, has to overcome a transition toward renewable energy sources. This goes together with various challenges and these challenges are recognized in the logistics sector. The main reason for the challenges in the logistics sector is related to replacing diesel. Storing diesel on a vehicle is easy; while storing electricity or developing other renewable energy forms remains challenging. Meanwhile, the logistics sector is recognized as a competitive sector which forces investments for organizations to be competitive. These challenges are also recognized at Port of Twente, a non-profit organization focusing on logistic and logistics-related developments within or nearby the Twente region. This study was conducted with Loorbach’s transition management framework. The framework is suitable because it distinguishes between strategy, tactics and an operational level and therefore focuses on shortterm, mid-term and long-term developments in a practical approach to the transition management cycle. Interviews were conducted among organizations connected to Port of Twente and literature was studied to answer the main research question: ‘What is the potential for logistics companies to reduce fossil fuel dependency by focusing on energy efficiency and electric vehicles, without decreasing economic competitiveness?’
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
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