Green Matters

Green Matters October 2011

October 5, 2011
AnAnttila’s New Logistics Center Will Save Energy 

Antillia's New Logistics Center
 

Anttila Oy’s new logistics center, located in Finland‘s Kerava Cargo Center Kerca, applies state-of-the-art warehousing technology and will significantly improve logistics efficiency while taking environmental aspects into consideration.

The logistics center is one of the largest capital expenditures in Kesko’s history. The total capital expenditure amounts to some €50 million, of which more than half is attributable to modern warehousing technology and a stock control system.

The center gets its heating energy from Kerava Energy’s nearby bio power plant in which 60 percent of the fuels used are timber and 40 percent peat. The consumption of heating energy is only about one third compared to the old warehouse in Hämeenkylä Vantaa.

The Hämeenkylä warehouse directed some 97 percent of the waste generated to recovery, and the recovery rate of the new logistics center will be improved further, for example, by using recyclable platforms.

The Kerca area is well-located traffic wise, providing easy access to all main roads in southern Finland. The congested metropolitan areas can be avoided for incoming and outgoing transportation, thus saving on fuel costs.

 

Ryder and Staples to Use Compressed Natural Gas Tractors

Ryder System, Inc. and Staples have agreed to add ten heavy duty compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors to Ryder’s dedicated fleet servicing Staples. These CNG tractors will replace ten diesel tractors and have been made available through Ryder’s natural gas vehicle project agreement with the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) in Southern California.

The $38.7 million Ryder/SANBAG project is part of a public/private partnership between the U.S. Dept. of Energy, the California Energy Commission, the Southern California Association of Governments Clean Cities Coalition, and Ryder. The project includes 202 natural gas vehicles, upgrades to three maintenance facilities for the proper servicing of natural gas vehicles, and the construction of two fueling stations.

“Improving the efficiency of our transportation fleet is an important part of our strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy conservation in our operations,” states Mark Day, senior manager of carrier management at Staples. “Leveraging the environmental and cost-saving benefits of natural gas vehicles is one example of the kind of sustainable choices that we are making to reduce our operational impacts. We believe that by partnering with Ryder in this type of initiative, we can do our part to help protect the environment and save money at the same time.”

According to Ryder, CNG vehicles produce 20 to 30 percent less emissions than comparable diesel vehicles, and natural gas costs as much as 42 percent less per equivalent gallon of diesel (based on current diesel fuel prices).

 

Honda Manufacturing Facilities Achieve Zero Waste

Ten of 14 Honda manufacturing plants in North America are now operating with zero waste to landfill, while the remaining four plants are functioning with “virtually zero” waste to landfill.

Waste sent to landfills has been dramatically reduced at Honda auto plants throughout North America—from 62.8 pounds of industrial waste to landfills for every automobile produced in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2001, to an estimated 1.8 pounds per automobile in the current fiscal year 2012. Among all of its 14 plants in North America, Honda now sends less than one-half of one percent of all operating waste to landfills. Remaining waste product is either recycled or used for energy recovery.

Honda associates at all 14 plants in North America have identified and implemented hundreds of waste-reduction and waste-recycling initiatives. These initiatives run the gamut, from the reduction of offal (metal scrap) in stamping processes, to improved parts packaging for ease of recycling, to the minimization of paper and plastic waste from cafeterias. As a result of these efforts over the past 10 years, the company has prevented an estimated 4.4 billion pounds of waste material from being sent to landfills, which is equivalent to the amount of household waste produced by 2.8 million Americans, roughly the population of Chicago, in a single year.

 

UPS Helps Band Offset Carbon Footprint

O.A.R.’s summer concert tour is more sustainable this year thanks to UPS and a new service they launched in May with Live Nation Entertainment to help touring musical artists reduce their transportation carbon footprint.

UPS’s first step in helping the band required a detailed assessment of O.A.R.’s existing transportation carbon footprint, which involved an analysis of the size, weight, and dimensions of all the equipment needed for the tour, the mode of transport used, and the route and distance traveled. UPS used the data to develop a logistics strategy to drive down waste, increase efficiency, and reduce emissions during the tour’s 28 events across the U.S.

When the tour is complete, UPS will purchase and retire certified carbon offsets to mitigate any remaining CO2 emissions, making the transportation aspects of the tour carbon neutral. wtttila Oy’s new logistics center, located in Finland‘s Kerava Cargo Center Kerca, applies state-of-the-art warehousing technology and will significantly improve logistics efficiency while taking environmental aspects into consideration.

The logistics center is one of the largest capital expenditures in Kesko’s history. The total capital expenditure amounts to some €50 million, of which more than half is attributable to modern warehousing technology and a stock control system.

The center gets its heating energy from Kerava Energy’s nearby bio power plant in which 60 percent of the fuels used are timber and 40 percent peat. The consumption of heating energy is only about one third compared to the old warehouse in Hämeenkylä Vantaa.

The Hämeenkylä warehouse directed some 97 percent of the waste generated to recovery, and the recovery rate of the new logistics center will be improved further, for example, by using recyclable platforms.

The Kerca area is well-located traffic wise, providing easy access to all main roads in southern Finland. The congested metropolitan areas can be avoided for incoming and outgoing transportation, thus saving on fuel costs.

 

Ryder and Staples to Use Compressed Natural Gas Tractors

Ryder System, Inc. and Staples have agreed to add ten heavy duty compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors to Ryder’s dedicated fleet servicing Staples. These CNG tractors will replace ten diesel tractors and have been made available through Ryder’s natural gas vehicle project agreement with the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) in Southern California.

The $38.7 million Ryder/SANBAG project is part of a public/private partnership between the U.S. Dept. of Energy, the California Energy Commission, the Southern California Association of Governments Clean Cities Coalition, and Ryder. The project includes 202 natural gas vehicles, upgrades to three maintenance facilities for the proper servicing of natural gas vehicles, and the construction of two fueling stations.

“Improving the efficiency of our transportation fleet is an important part of our strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy conservation in our operations,” states Mark Day, senior manager of carrier management at Staples. “Leveraging the environmental and cost-saving benefits of natural gas vehicles is one example of the kind of sustainable choices that we are making to reduce our operational impacts. We believe that by partnering with Ryder in this type of initiative, we can do our part to help protect the environment and save money at the same time.”

According to Ryder, CNG vehicles produce 20 to 30 percent less emissions than comparable diesel vehicles, and natural gas costs as much as 42 percent less per equivalent gallon of diesel (based on current diesel fuel prices).

 

Honda Manufacturing Facilities Achieve Zero Waste

Ten of 14 Honda manufacturing plants in North America are now operating with zero waste to landfill, while the remaining four plants are functioning with “virtually zero” waste to landfill.

Waste sent to landfills has been dramatically reduced at Honda auto plants throughout North America—from 62.8 pounds of industrial waste to landfills for every automobile produced in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2001, to an estimated 1.8 pounds per automobile in the current fiscal year 2012. Among all of its 14 plants in North America, Honda now sends less than one-half of one percent of all operating waste to landfills. Remaining waste product is either recycled or used for energy recovery.

Honda associates at all 14 plants in North America have identified and implemented hundreds of waste-reduction and waste-recycling initiatives. These initiatives run the gamut, from the reduction of offal (metal scrap) in stamping processes, to improved parts packaging for ease of recycling, to the minimization of paper and plastic waste from cafeterias. As a result of these efforts over the past 10 years, the company has prevented an estimated 4.4 billion pounds of waste material from being sent to landfills, which is equivalent to the amount of household waste produced by 2.8 million Americans, roughly the population of Chicago, in a single year.

 

UPS Helps Band Offset Carbon Footprint

O.A.R.’s summer concert tour is more sustainable this year thanks to UPS and a new service they launched in May with Live Nation Entertainment to help touring musical artists reduce their transportation carbon footprint.

UPS’s first step in helping the band required a detailed assessment of O.A.R.’s existing transportation carbon footprint, which involved an analysis of the size, weight, and dimensions of all the equipment needed for the tour, the mode of transport used, and the route and distance traveled. UPS used the data to develop a logistics strategy to drive down waste, increase efficiency, and reduce emissions during the tour’s 28 events across the U.S.

When the tour is complete, UPS will purchase and retire certified carbon offsets to mitigate any remaining CO2 emissions, making the transportation aspects of the tour carbon neutral. wt

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