EPA SmartWay® Program
The Company is closely monitoring emerging issues related to climate change and has partnered with the EPA's SmartWay® program to promote energy efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Ryder is currently a SmartWay® Carrier Partner for Ryder-owned vehicles and a Logistics Partner for its supply chain operations.
Responding to increasing market demand for cost-effective, environmentally-friendly transportation solutions, the new RydeGreen™ line of tractors and trailers, designed to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, offers customers the latest technology and design to help reduce idling, help improve fuel efficiency.
Ryder has been committed to energy conservation for more than a decade because we understand that energy savings translates into bottom line cost savings. Ryder is currently tracking energy use and measuring GHG emissions from select Ryder-owned/operated stationary sources in the U.S. and Canada utilizing an external utility specialist. The Company is also considering energy efficiencies when purchasing new equipment, and designing or renovating facilities.
ENERGY STAR Building
Ryder's first ENERGY STAR building in Novi, Michigan is now complete. ENERGY STAR is a performance rating tool established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for assessing and tracking the energy efficiency of buildings. The minimum target score to obtain an ENERGY STAR certification is 75. (Energy Star estimates that an average office building without efficiency improvements is rated 50.) Ryder's Novi building is being designed to achieve a target of 85. The 150,000 square foot, 3-story office building will result in the following annualized reductions:
- Consume 6.7 million fewer kBtu's per year,
- Cost $139,800 less to operate, and
- Result in 1,450 fewer tons of CO2 when compared to an average unimproved office building.
Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel
In 2006, Ryder committed to a "one-fuel" policy converting all fueling locations to low emissions Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel. The Company is currently delivering 100% USLD at all fueling locations.