Each of the Con-way operating companies is committed to sustainable business and environmental practices. Below are examples of initiatives in place at each Con-way business unit:

Con-way Freight, a SmartWay partner since 2006, has implemented and/or delivered the following sustainable programs/results:

Energy Conservation and Procurement:

  • Speed reduction—turned back speed governors in trucks from 65 to 62 mph in 2008. Resulted in:
    • Annual diesel fuel savings: 3,594,377 gallons (3.8 percent)
    • Annual carbon dioxide emissions reduction: 601,928 tons
    • Annual particulate matter emissions reduction: 32.09 tons
    • Annual nitrogen oxide emissions reduction: 1,184 tons
  • Installed low-profile tires to improve rolling resistance and reduce weight
  • Tires closely maintained to 100 psi to ensure maximum fuel economy
  • Working with Goodyear and Oracle to track wear of treads and casings
  • Tuned engines/drive train specs for optimal fuel economy
  • Reduced trailer weight
  • Changed tractor differential spec, allowing for better engine settings to increase fuel economy
  • Shift setting locks were installed to prevent for over-revving of the engine—and subsequent excessive fuel use
  • Engine auto-shutoff idle settings reduced from five minutes to three minutes, conserving fuel
  • Testing new technology to allow extension of oil drain intervals by 400 percent, which means less “new” oil refining, less “used/waste” oil generation
  • Using a reduced weight oil in transmissions to minimize the resistance during operation
  • Piloted a relighting project at 10 locations; an average of 50 percent energy savings achieved
  • SmartWay Shipper Index Factor: 1.25—highest attainable score
  • SmartWay Excellence Award winner—2008
  • LEED-CI Gold facility—Calexico, Calif.
    • High-efficiency HVAC units, including economizers
    • High recycled content on interior finishes
    • FSC-certified millwork
    • All interior lighting on occupancy sensors
    • Water-efficient restroom fixtures
    • Low VOC sealants and adhesives in building envelope
    • Increased insulation
  • Will install energy-efficient light bulbs in 50 percent of docks and yards at service centers nationwide

Waste Reduction and Recycling:

  • Reused $12,000 worth of salvage drums
  • Recycled approximately 7,000 fluorescent bulbs and 25,000 pounds of plastic pallets
  • Initiated a pilot program for trash service, with a goal of reducing total spend by 10 percent, or $3 million
  • Implemented recycling programs for paper, plastic, wood and cardboard at all locations
  • Eliminated printed test reports in one region, resulting in annual savings of 43,250 sheets of paper
  • Eliminated printed nightly preliminary and summary reports, a savings of 806,400 sheets of paper annually

Con-way Truckload, a SmartWay partner since 2005, has implemented and/or delivered the following sustainable programs/results:

Energy Conservation and Procurement:

  • Speed reduction—turned back speed governors from 70 to 65 mph in 2008. Resulted in:
    • Annual diesel fuel savings: 3,050,060 gallons
    • Annual carbon dioxide emissions reduction: 340,872 tons
    • Annual particulate matter emissions reduction: 21.63 tons
    • Annual nitrogen oxide emissions reduction: 805.2 tons
  • 100 percent of tractors converted to single wide-base tires; 90 percent converted by mid-year 2011. By using single-wide tires, the company is gaining an additional .2 mpg
  • Purchase of 140 new Kenworth tractors with SmartWay-approved Cummins engines, 300 Freightliners with CARB-certifiable engines
  • Truck spec weight lowered by 670 pounds, saving 11,400 gallons of diesel fuel each year
  • Aerodynamic considerations in tractor and trailer purchases
  • Reprogrammed the automated lights shutdown system at company headquarters and contracted with a local vendor to obtain a lighting study to further save energy
  • Implemented a no-idling policy for all vendors delivering to company facilities
  • SmartWay Shipper Index Factor: 1.25—highest attainable score
  • SmartWay Excellence Award winner—2006 and 2007

Waste Reduction and Recycling:

  • Converted bills of lading from paper to electronic documents
  • All company drivers (more than 3,000) now using electronic logs, eliminating the need for paper log books
  • Began utilizing a commercial trash compactor and established recycling bins at its company headquarters, resulting in 8,000 pounds of paper and 6,400 pounds of cardboard being recycled every month

Menlo Worldwide Logistics, the company’s global logistics and supply chain services provider and a SmartWay partner since 2007, has implemented and/or delivered the following programs/results:

Energy Conservation and Procurement:

  • Encouraged SmartWay compliance in existing carriers; 77 percent of new carriers added to transportation pool are SmartWay compliant
  • 85 percent of network miles run by SmartWay-approved carriers, with 75 percent carrier participation
  • Implemented no-idling policy at distribution centers
  • Launched the first LEED-certified warehouse
  • Installed more efficient lighting and motion detection systems to reduce energy consumption
  • Conducted energy audits at 18 company locations
  • Initiated 10 warehouse re-lamping bids—seven have been implemented to date

Waste Reduction and Recycling:

  • Eliminated paper and plastic products from cafeterias and lunchrooms at several sites
  • Rolled out a comprehensive recycling program at all Michigan area operations and at select California locations

Con-way Manufacturing., the industry’s only full-service trailer refurbisher, has implemented and/or delivered the following sustainable programs/results:

Energy Conservation and Procurement:

  • Reduced weight of Con-way Freight’s 28-foot trailers by 581 pounds
  • Introduced first mass-produced, full-trailer aerodynamic fairing system
  • Involved in research and development of trailer sidewall system that will reduce 53-foot trailer weight by 1,400 pounds
  • Implemented a policy for more effective use of air compressors and increased maintenance of air hoses
  • Installed motion sensors to control lighting in common areas

Waste Reduction and Recycling:

  • Recycled 80 percent of old trailers, eliminating 7,424 pounds of waste per 28-foot trailer
  • Recycled all aluminum components, suspension and wheel end components, tires and wheels
  • Established a facility-wide recycling program for paper, plastic and aluminum

Con-way’s administrative and IT campus has implemented the following sustainability programs:

Energy Conservation and Procurement:

  • Recycled heat energy generated from computer operations to warm the buildings and reduce overall energy use
  • Performed a thermal study and established an action plan to reduce energy consumption associated with HVAC units, automated desktop computer power management protocol and paper-reducing document managing devices
  • Implemented a central inventory management system and protocol to promote the re-use of office supplies
  • Established a sustainable communications policy to reduce hard-copy communications associated with emails and various company publications
  • Established a policy to evaluate the sustainability ratings of any potential vendors, which included requiring that its cafeteria food service vendor comply with sustainability goals
  • Provided employee incentives to find alternate modes of commuting
  • Increased reliance on its electronic procurement system by 242 percent since 2007, which has resulted in dramatically reducing paper purchase orders and invoices
  • Implemented a new winter fuel program that reduced kerosene purchases by 58 percent

Waste Reduction and Recycling:

  • Established a recycling program to reward and measure recycling activities in conference rooms, common areas and individual workspaces
  • Implemented procedures for safely recycling and/or disposing of all electronic waste
 
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