Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction
(CO2 emissions in millions of metric tons)
The above represents manufacturing facilities' actual carbon footprint reduction over time.
Energy Efficiency and Climate Protection in the North America System
|Net energy use (MJ)*||8.5||8.3||8.1||8.4||9.5|
|Total greenhouse gas emissions from all energy sources at our production plants (MT)**||777||771||767||795||863|
|Energy use ratio (efficiency)||0.41||0.38||0.36||0.38||0.42|
We currently have the largest heavy-duty hybrid commercial fleet in North America, with more than 650 hybrid delivery trucks. These trucks reduce emissions by approximately 30 percent and use roughly 30 percent less fuel than standard delivery trucks.
We also have added six all-electric, zero-emission trucks to our growing fleet of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in North America—an AFV fleet that now surpasses 750 vehicles. We also are evaluating light-duty propane and natural gas options. We are training our more than 11,000 drivers in eco-driving techniques, such as minimal braking and early gear changes, through the Company’s custom-designed Smartdriver program. Additionally, through proactively adjusting asset computer settings and use of Telematics, we have successfully reduced fuel gallons and idling, reducing our carbon footprint.
In 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy recognized The
We are actively seeking new ways to provide cleaner and more efficient power to our operations and reduce carbon emissions. In 2010, we began testing fuel cells that, without combustion, turn natural gas and other hydrocarbons into usable forms of energy like heat and electricity. In addition, we are testing fuel cells that will run on redirected biogas, which are expected to provide 30 percent of a plant’s power needs while reducing the plant’s carbon footprint by an estimated 35 percent.
To help launch the installation of fuel cells at our facility in East Hartford, Connecticut, we engaged the community in a LIVE POSITIVELY® Art Contest. Local students submitted entries to design the wrap for the exterior of the fuel cell. Not only did the selected artists receive savings bonds, all the participants learned more about alternative energy solutions.
WWF Energy Top 10
In 2008, working with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the
Saving Energy is Cool
One of our top priorities is improving the environmental performance of our coolers and vending machines across North America. We developed energy management devices that reduce electricity use by up to 35 percent by monitoring usage patterns and then adjusting lights and temperature to maximize efficiency. In 2010, we retrofitted more than 10,000 pieces of equipment to ENERGY STAR standards.
We also aim to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) from our cooling equipment by 2015. By eliminating the use of HFCs in our refrigeration units, we can reduce our carbon-equivalent emissions by more than 52.2 million metric tons over the life of the equipment.