The new supply chain news aggregation site OpRules, reported on on an article about Australia's new carbon tax. According to the article,
"Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday announced a $23 dollar per tonne price on carbon emissions to be paid by about 500 of the country’s biggest polluters from July 1, 2012."
Supply chain optimization can help firms help minimize the impact of this tax and reduce carbon. For example, with this tax, it may make sense to change the number of warehouse locations, manufacture or procure products from different locations, develop different routes for the trucks, switch transportation modes, and evaluate different inventory policies.
By re-analyzing the supply chain to include this new tax, firms should be able to find strategies that dramatically decrease the total cost of the carbon tax by developing new strategies in other areas of the supply chain.