Green Freight in Action
These case studies feature leading companies in a variety of industries that found opportunities to reduce carbon emissions and cut transportation costs. Environmental Defense Fund sponsored the series. Analysis was conducted by researchers at the Center for Transportation and Logistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ocean Spray [PDF], a $2.2 billion-dollar agricultural cooperative and household-name fruit juice and food manufacturer, cut carbon emissions from its distribution operations in the US southeast by 20 percent by collaborating with a competitor and switching from road to rail transport.
Caterpillar [PDF], the world’s largest manufacturer of mining and construction equipment, cut carbon emissions and costs by switching to lighter-weight containers and consolidating inbound shipments of truck parts to its assembly facility.
Boise [PDF], a leading manufacturer of packaging and paper products, cut carbon emission and costs by shifting from road to rail transport and making more efficient use of rail containers.
EDF’s Smart Moves [PDF] compiles additional examples of shippers that have lowered transportation costs and improved their corporate environmental footprint. Among the companies highlighted are the Container Store, Michael Kors, Hershey’s, and Kraft Foods.
Clean Trucks for Marine Ports: In a partnership with the Port of Houston and a regional group supporting cooperation among local governments, EDF helped develop an innovative program that makes it easier for truck owners to buy new, cleaner trucks, to reduce air pollution at the Port.