We realize how crucial sustainability is to many of our manufacturing partners and customers. We also recognize how these sustainable and social responsibilities are not only good for business; they are the right thing to do for our environment and future generations.
Over the past several years we have made some significant strides in our sustainability efforts to reduce our overall carbon footprint, and we are excited to share this data and information with our manufacturing partners and customers.
Fuel is essential to our business, and we've implemented many emission-lowering fleet changes, such as:
- Equipping in-cab heaters to reduce idle time
- Using biodiesel fuel whenever possible
- Providing driver incentives for maintaining fuel-efficient speed
- Using aerodynamic fairings for our tractors and trailers
- Using low rolling-resistance tires
- Providing driver idle bonuses
The use of refrigeration control systems and advanced technology, such as variable frequency drive systems, help us maximize efficiency. Motion sensors in our offices have curbed energy consumption by 25 percent, and light dimmers in our warehouses have cut it by 35 percent.
Many of our distribution centers around the country have high-efficiency LED lighting systems to reduce energy consumption. These systems take advantage of motion-activated LED lights to replace older metal halide systems. The new systems helped Dot curb total KwH/cu.ft. consumption by 37 percent between 2006 and 2014.
In addition to recycling more than 1 million pounds of cardboard, stretch wrap, and paper products across our company, we recycle broken pallets, which are converted into mulch or wood pellets for heating.
Dot Foods has more than doubled its recycling over five years, with a total of 2,658,000 pounds recycled in 2014!
We are exploring future sustainability initiatives, such as:
In addition to offering electronic transactions for all customer and vendor communication, we scaled back on the number of hard copies we printed. This led to a 37 percent decrease in printer paper expense between 2008 and 2014.
Dot's conservation efforts also help our manufacturer partners operate more sustainably as well. With their LTL trucks off the road, there are fewer trucks burning fuel.
By sourcing products directly from the manufacturers' plant and bypassing their distribution centers, we can help them reduce their carbon footprint from both a transportation and warehouse standpoint.