When you think about sustainability practices in the transportation and logistics industry, many envision alternative fuel commercial vehicles such as natural gas, electric, hybrid electric and hydrogen fuel cells. Along with green trucking initiatives, Ryder has also focused on sustainable solutions in warehouses and distribution centers, as well as at our more than 800 service facilities in North America.
At Ryder, we believe it is our duty to ensure that the resources necessary to run our operations and those of our customers are utilized responsibly and with minimal impact to the environment. This includes reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by utilizing and promoting cleaner burning fuels, working closely with OEMs to incorporate the latest and most effective green solutions into trucks and tractors, and ensuring that our vehicles and our customers’ fleets are well-maintained and operating efficiently. In our warehouses, we operate under LEAN principles to maximize efficiency and minimize waste.
As an industry leader, we have a unique opportunity and ability to continually reduce the environmental impacts of our operations and those of the more than 50,000 customers we serve. Whether it’s deploying alternative fuel vehicles, optimizing distribution networks, or operating energy-efficient warehouses, Ryder helps customers increase sustainability and drive long-term value for their businesses. In particular, Ryder is focused on environmental issues related to fuel consumption, vehicle emissions, facility energy use, and automotive waste management.
Through these sustainability efforts, since 2009 Ryder has achieved:
- 21% Reduction in CO2 Emissions
- 32% Reduction in water usage
- 20% Reduction in gas usage
Ryder has a long-standing commitment to waste reduction, both internally and for our customers. We work with Ryder-preferred and qualified vendors that prioritize diverting as much waste as possible away from landfills; who focus on waste recycling, reuse, and disposal; and who have significant experience with waste management, especially automotive waste. This allows us to maximize energy and cost efficiencies both internally and for our customers, collectively having a positive impact on the environment.
Automotive waste generated from our fueling and maintenance locations is our most significant waste stream, as our core business involves operating and maintaining a large vehicle fleet. In 1998, Ryder implemented a comprehensive automotive waste recycling program, which includes lubricants, used oil, solvents, used oil filters, tires, batteries, and oily water. Today, 98% of these waste products are either recycled, or refined and reused. For example, we routinely replace automotive oil filters during our preventive maintenance processes. Used oil filters are collected by Ryder’s preferred recycling vendors and are sent to recycling facilities that divert the material through a two-stage separation and shredding process, yielding shredded steel that can be reused, pulverized filter media that is recycled, and used oil that will be re-refined. The result is that virtually all material is either refined or used as an alternative energy source (e.g., as industrial fuel at cement kilns or energy plants that generate electricity).
Ryder’s packaging, warehouse, and distribution facility in Moreno Valley, California, in 2009 became one of the first facilities nationwide to earn ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) Program compliance. Today, our Universal Waste & Hazardous Waste and Energy Usage Reduction programs in all warehouses and distribution centers we manage deliver significant resource and energy conservation, reducing our customer’s carbon footprint and serving as a model for best practices in the industry.
The stream of materials diverted from area landfills is significant. Last year alone, the team at Moreno Valley prepared and shipped for recycling more than two million pounds of packaging and materials. These included baled clear plastic, loose and baled cardboard, egg cartons, loose plastic film, and various other materials. These sustainable practices are in place at our more than 55 million square feet of warehouse space that we manage across North America.
Through our sustainable practices, in 2018 alone Ryder recycled:
- 2.8 million gallons of used oil
- 887K gallons of oily water
- 2.1 million oil filters
- 25,409 tons of recycled waste
- 22 tons of electric waste
Our customers rely on us for effective fleet management and supply chain solutions. They take advantage of our 85 years of expertise as well as our position as a leader in our industry to benefit from efficiencies and scalability that they would be unable to achieve on their own, including a level of responsible resource management they can use to profile green solutions to their customers and stakeholders.
Learn more about Ryder’s Corporate Sustainability at rydercsr.com.