Improving Efficiency at U.S. Foodservice

U.S. Foodservice, one of the country's premier foodservice distributors, was one of the first KKR portfolio companies to help design and pilot the Green Portfolio Framework.

In 2008, U.S. Foodservice reduced Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from its fleet by more than 8 percent compared to 2007. More than half of the savings came from specific efforts to improve fleet efficiency (gallons/ton of product moved), which reduced fuel costs by $8.2 million and avoided 22,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions (equivalent to more than 4,400 cars).

U.S. Foodservice recently expanded efforts to reduce GHG emissions by commissioning a GHG inventory conducted by an independent consulting firm. The inventory measured emissions from the company’s direct energy usage of fuels and refrigerants, for example, and emissions from indirect sources such as in the production of purchased electricity.

The inventory showed that fuel and electrical consumption made up 93 percent of U.S. Foodservice’s 2008 GHG footprint. U.S. Foodservice has reduced inventoried CO2 emissions by 4.5 percent since 2007.

Progress and future plans

U.S. Foodservice is further reducing GHG emissions from its fleet by reducing idle times through driver awareness training and automatic idle shutoff. The company is also installing maximum speed controls on vehicles and investing in technology solutions for more efficient routing of delivery trucks.

U.S. Foodservice has also invested nearly $5 million since 2008 to reduce GHG emissions from its facilities by installing more efficient high-bay fluorescent lighting with motion sensors. The new lighting is expected to reduce energy consumption by 30 to 40 percent compared to 2007.

The company is also establishing GHG baselines for its distribution centers, measuring facility GHG emissions on an absolute and productivity basis (GHG emissions/ton of product sold), and setting annual goals to reduce GHG emissions from facilities by continuing to implement energy saving processes and lighting technologies.

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