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, including updates to June 2018. We also provide data on our most significant impact – fuel use and related emissions for 2016-2017.
Considering the nature of what we haul and the terrain our drivers travel over, the most material environmental issues for Razir are fuel efficiency and vehicle emissions. Other issues we manage are water quality, and spill avoidance. Our decisions and practices for vehicle selection, driver training and vehicle management address all these issues. See Environmental Management Practices below. We have comparative data for two of the issues – fuel efficiency and emissions. See Environmental Results below.
Environmental Management Practices
It Starts with Our Choice of Vehicles
Our procurement practices are an important part of our environmental commitment. As of June 2018, we have a fleet of 35 trucks. All of them meet, at a minimum, EPA17 fuel efficiency standards. In 2017 and early 2018 we replaced 12 of our oldest trucks with new Volvo 760 trucks that meet current EPA standards. With our new trucks we opted for a package of innovative fuel efficiency features. 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. Reducing the risk of driving accidents that could result in a spill also avoids harm to the environment. The safety features we chose in our new trucks, such as sensors to warn drivers that they are following too close or leaving their lane, keep our drivers, other road users and the environment safe.
We Are Engaging Our Business Partners
In 2018 we conducted a survey of business partners to better understand their environmental priorities and challenges. See our Sustainable Procurement page.
We concentrate our measurement efforts on fuel efficiency and emissions because this is our greatest potential impact and opportunity. We expect that the energy use for our small office is insignificant in relation to fleet energy use.
Fleet energy and emissions
|Fuel use (diesel)|
|Fuel amount (litres)||2,848,365||2,844,353|
|Energy equivalent (joules)||110,175||110,020|
|Fleet fuel efficiency (l/100km)||41.79||41.83|
|Fleet fuel efficiency (km/litre)||2.393||2.387|
|Emissions (CO2 equivalent tonnes)|
|Carbon dioxide (CO 2)||7585||7575|
|Methane (CH 4)||10||10|
|Nitrous Oxide (N 2O)||70||70|
|Total CO 2 equivalents||7665||7654|
|Carbon efficiency (total/100km)||0.11||0.11|
Emissions have been calculated using emission factors from the NRCAN 2014 inventory and 100 year global warming potential (GWP) factors from the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.
We logged almost 27,000 more kilometres in 2017 than 2016, and our fuel efficiency improved slightly. Fleet performance can be affected by factors such as terrain, weather conditions and weight of load. Our routes take us across North America including mountain passes. Our tri-axle vehicles are specially designed for carrying heavy loads.
Please contact us if you would like to provide feedback, to learn more about our environmental programs, or to get a quote for our environmentally responsible transport services.