Environmental Group Praises 3 Corporate Fleets
BOSTON --- Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has recognized three companies for their innovative greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction strategies to help to reduce fleet emissions. EDF has identified Carrier, Novo Nordisk and Poland Spring as pioneers in "executing innovative emission reduction best practices that corporations across America can emulate."
"These corporations are setting positive examples by taking proactive steps to reduce their environmental impact and improve the efficiency of their fleets," said Jason Mathers, corporate partnerships program manager for Environmental Defense Fund. "They demonstrate that all fleets have opportunities to reduce their emissions."
Carrier, a global manufacturer with more than 40,000 employees, is a world leader in air conditioning, heating and refrigeration systems. As part of Carrier's parent company United Technologies Corp.'s promise to reduce its global GHG emissions by 12 percent by 2010 (from a 2006 baseline), Carrier embarked on a systematic analysis of its fleet of trucks and cars. Through a variety of strategies, including gathering data from telematics equipment and reducing vehicle weights, Carrier has reduced its fleet emissions by 30 percent and is saving $1 million each year in fuel costs.
Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company, is a world leader in the treatment of diabetes. In 2007, the company instituted a goal of reducing emissions by 5 percent per year, each year through 2012. By offering incentives for fuel-smart vehicle choices and training drivers to operate vehicles more efficiently, the company noticed a 24 percent decrease in CO2 emissions for the first six months of 2009.
Poland Spring water has been bottled in Maine since 1845. The company uses non-food based biofuels, has reduced top speeds by two miles per hour and reduced idling time by 70 percent from 2007 to 2009, to further reduce its truck fleet emissions.
Case studies are available at http://edf.org/greenfleet.