Two webinars were presented in March of 2011. One was on the Results from the ecoFREIGHT Incentive and Demonstration projects (March 16, 2011) and the other was on Intermodal Freight Initiatives in Canada (March 22, 2011). The Powerpoint presentations and audio files for both webinars are now available.
Supply Chain & Logistics Association Canada, in collaboration with Transport Canada ecoFREIGHT, has made available a series of checklists outlining practices and technologies that can be adopted by shippers and freight forwarding companies to improve efficiencies in goods movement. The practices included lower fuel consumption, improve system efficiencies, and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and/or criteria air contaminants (CAC). Links are provided with more detailed information, including business benefits and case studies. The best practices apply to decision-making affecting goods transport throughout the supply chain. Considerations include:
Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) was recognized for its commitment to conducting its operations in a responsible and sustainable manner that safeguards and promotes continual protection of the environment. This commitment, carried out through a number of initiatives, has led PMV to address air quality and other environmental concerns by focusing on using technologies and promoting operational efficiencies to reduce environmental impacts.
The PMV initiatives are:
Bison Transport was presented with the 2010 Green Supply Chain Award at the Supply Chain and Logistics Canada Association’s 2010 Annual Conference for its commitment to reducing carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions. These emission reductions are the result of continued improvements to the environmental performance of its fleet.
Bison Transport has equipped most of its fleet with fuel-efficient tires, trailer side-fairings, transmissions and engines, as well as auxiliary power units and on-board computers.
Bison Transport feels it has a responsibility to its customers and to the communities in which they operate to have the most efficient fleet and drivers on the road. To achieve this, Bison combines state-of-the-art technology and staff training. Bison also offers an online calculator to its clients, which allows them to estimate the amount of GHG emission generated by their shipment to increase awareness on environmental issues.
Frito Lay Canada (FLC) is a member of the PepsiCo Inc. family of companies and is Canada’s largest snack food company. PepsiCo has made a commitment to reduce its use of water by 20%, its energy use by 20% and fuel consumption by 25% by the year 2015 (based on 2006 baseline). Frito Lay Canada’s contribution to PepsiCo’s commitment has led to Frito Lay Canada being awarded the 2009 Green Supply Chain Award.
The measures FLC has implemented to increase operational efficiencies and to benefit the environment include the use of modern emissions-reducing technologies and lightweight materials to reduce fuel consumption. FLC also garnered total company involvement in the development and implementation of best practices.
Novex Delivery Solutions is focused and committed to becoming a sustainable company, and as such, has devised a strategic plan to achieve greater efficiency and sustainability. Novex’s strategic plan details a triple bottom line, which consists of a social, an economic and an environmental focus. This plan and Novex’s actions over the years have earned them the 2008 ecoFREIGHT Transportation Award presented at the Globe 2008 event.
Novex’s environmental commitment can be traced back to 2004 when it started using hybrid vehicles in its fleet. Novex intends to have a 100% clean fleet by 2012. In order to achieve this objective, Novex is constantly searching for new technologies that will help in meeting its target. Some of these technologies include natural gas-powered vehicles, use of biodiesel, electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids among others.
Until it meets its 2012 target, Novex has partnered with the Vancouver-based Offsetters Clean Technology Inc. to provide local carbon offsets for its operations. Novex is proud to be a carbon neutral company.
On the basis of its strong environmental leadership and its firm commitment to promoting green transportation standards, XTL Transport (XTL) received the 2008 Green Supply Chain Award.
XTL’s fleet renewal program aims for an average age of equipment of less than 2 years old, with no tractor being more than 4 years old. Keeping such a young fleet ensures optimum performance of the equipment as well as meeting the latest emission standards.
In addition to its fleet renewal program, XTL also equips its fleet with auxiliary power units that virtually eliminate the need to idle engines, therefore reducing fuel consumption and related emissions. Furthermore, XTL implemented a driver training program to increase efficiency and achieve maximum fuel economy.
The 2007 Green Supply Chain Award was presented to two companies:
J.D. Smith & Sons Ltd (J.D. Smith), a leader in transportation and third-party logistics, was recognized for its high environmental friendliness standards. Proactive and innovative, J.D. Smith has developed programs and strategies to help protect the environment. J.D. Smith has improved its fleet operations by installing onboard computers and in-cab heaters on its trucks while also offering company-wide FleetSmart training. In addition to fleet improvements, J.D. Smith has also undertaken facilities improvements to further reduce its environmental footprint, such as electric light retrofits, white roofs and building automation systems.
UPM, a leading forest product company, works closely with its shipping agents to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. UPM’s logistics division also contributes towards fuel and GHG reductions through expert coordination of freight movements. UPM continuously educates and evaluates its shippers for environmental performance and sustainability, promoting the idea that fuel savings (and reduced emissions) help to keep costs down and protect the environment.
For case studies, videos and other information about the individual modes please visit the section pages.