Project: Wisemoves Modelling

Reference: RHS 0108

Last update: 16/10/2003 16:25:52

Objectives

The objectives for this small project are to understand the supply chains and build a model of them for three food commodities taking account of their environmental burdens. Three scenarios will then be investigated:

1. The Baseline: the current supply and distribution
2. Changing the structures of distribution: essentially baseline plus all known best practice to optimise the distribution systems.
3. Changing the sourcing patterns: examination of more localised sourcing systems but taking account of seasonal availability, financial factors, mileage incurred and other possible impacts elsewhere in the supply chain that might affect uptake of such patterns.

Success would be to find ways of improving the efficiency of current supply chains and for businesses to implement them. Transport 2000, who are leading the project, expect that it will give food suppliers and retailers pointers as to how local sourcing can be environmentally advantageous. If proven, then these companies are likely to adopt these practices and improve the sustainability of their business.

Description

To investigate the relative carbon intensity of locally produced food compared to that transported further but from grown using less fuel.

Success would be to find ways of improving the efficiency of current supply chains and for businesses to implement them. It will give food suppliers and retailers pointers as to how local sourcing can be environmentally advantageous. If proven, then these companies are likely to adopt these practices and improve the sustainability of their business.

Contractor(s)

Transport 2000
The Impact Centre, 12-18 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6NG
020 7613 0743

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £13,700.00

Actual start date: 01 November 2001

Actual completion date: 30 June 2002

Publication(s)

Wise Moves Modelling Report
Author: Robert Mason and David Simons FSP with Clive Peckham and Tully Wakeman EAFL
Publication date: 30/06/2002
£0.00
Source: Francis, Simons and Partners Limited, East Anglia Food Link
More information: http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/freight/research/lifecyclemodellingco2emissio3225?view=Standard

Summary of results

  1. This study looked at the feasibility and resultant impact on freight mileage and CO2 emissions, of alternative distribution and sourcing strategies for fresh produce in the grocery industry.