A low-carbon policy attracts the interests of businesses, consumers, and policy makers. The purpose of this paper is to investigate how a carbon labelling scheme could be integrated into operational decision-making for manufacturers and retailers. Three game theoretic models of a supply chain with one manufacturer and one retailer are built to investigate a manufacturer and retailer's pricing and investment decision for products with different initial carbon footprints considering consumer environmental awareness. Through a systematic comparison and numerical analysis, the results show that a carbon labelling scheme can significantly reduce the overall carbon emission supply chain and have an initially negative impact on the manufacturer and retailer's profits. However, in the medium-long run, manufacturers and retailers could yet achieve profitability through continuously investing in low-carbon technology.
Bibliographical note© 2018 by the authors.
- Carbon labelling scheme
- Consumer environmental awareness
- Game theory
- Product carbon footprint (PCF)
- Supply chain