High standards of environmental practice have always been part of how we work at Razir. In 2016 we formalized some practices and developed an Environmental Policy. Here we provide details of how we manage our environmental footprint. We also provide data on our most significant impact – fuel use and related emissions.
It Starts with Our Choice of Vehicles
Our procurement practices are an important part of our environmental commitment. At the end of 2016 we had a fleet of 35 trucks (32 Volvo and 3 Kenworth). All of them meet, at a minimum, EPA14 fuel efficiency standards. In early 2017 we are taking delivery of seven new trucks that meet EPA17 standards. Keeping our fleet current provides better environmental and safety performance and less down time for maintenance.
All our trailers are tri-axle. Having an extra axle means they can carry heavier loads. By carrying more per load, fewer trips are necessary. This saves fuel and emissions and enables us to serve customers with the heaviest products.
Our trucks have in-cab heaters. This means that we don’t have to keep trucks idling to keep our drivers warm. Similarly, our trailers have their own refrigeration units (also known as “reefers”) which means the truck’s engines do not need to be running to keep cargo at an appropriate temperature. We can save fuel and run time by setting the reefer at a stop-start setting when continuous chilling is not needed. Heavy idling produces excess noise and emissions and requires more maintenance so it is in all our interests to reduce idling.
We Equip Drivers and Dispatchers with the Tools They Need
All our trucks have onboard GPS systems and we marry those to industry standard routing and dispatch tools. This allows us to optimize routes and loads. It also tells us where our drivers are at all times and can monitor driving behaviour that could lead to inefficient fuel use.
We Hire the Best and Train Them in Efficient Driving Practices
We hire experienced drivers, road-test them, and train them in our best driving practices, such as no-idling and progressive shifting (maintains low rpms for better mileage). Each driver we hire goes through a full day of one-on-one orientation that includes our environmental practices.
We Are Careful with Water
We thoroughly clean the insides of our trailers after each use. We use only biodegradable soaps and sanitizers for this purpose. Exterior cleaning takes place at designated facilities that can properly dispose of the wastewater.
We Minimize Risks to the Environment
Most of our cargo is food and beverages. We don’t take on any cargo that includes hazardous materials. We ensure all drivers are familiar with the procedures to follow in the event of a fuel or coolant spill. In 2017 we will be equipping all our trucks with spill kits so that they can respond immediately if needed.
2016 Fuel Use and Emissions
We focus on tracking our diesel use as this is by far our greatest use of energy and source of emissions.
|Use||Energy||Emissions (CO2 equivalent tonnes)|
|Fuel amount (litres)||Energy Equivalent (joules)||Fleet efficiency (l/100km)||Carbon dioxide (CO2)||Methane (CH4)||Nitrous Oxide (N2O)||Total CO2 equivalents|
|Diesel for trucks||2,844,353||110,020||41.83||7525||9||70||7653|
We have used emission factors and global warming potential factors from the Natural Resources Canada National Inventory Report 1990-2011.
Feel free to contact us to learn more about our environmental policy, to leave feedback, or to ask us for a quote on our services.