Reducing the external costs of food distribution in the UK

D. Fisher,     Aecom, UK

A. McKinnon,     Heriot-Watt University, UK

A. Palmer,     Cranfield University, UK


This chapter summarises the results of a study undertaken for the UK government which examined the opportunities for reducing the external costs of food distribution. These costs comprised environmental infrastructural and congestion elements. In consultation with an industry advisory group the researchers identified a ‘long list’ of over 60 measures 15 of which were subjected to external cost modelling. The chapter focuses on a short list of six of these measures which were considered to be practical and offer significant benefit. These included transport ...

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