Optimised engine performance and driver training
Reducing emissions from transport in the dairy supply chain is a key focus. Examples listed in this area highlight some current initiatives.
Arla Foods work with transport efficiency - Denmark, Sweden, United Kingdom
|Source : Arla Foods|
- Arla is working to minimise the number of miles travelled and reduce fuel consumption
- Drivers are being trained in energy efficient driving techniques
- At several depots changes have been made to increase the amount of product transported per vehicle. A 9% decrease in diesel consumption from the Veijle Export centre alone has been achieved.
- In the UK, the whole transport fleet is using a biodiesel blend to reduce reliance on non renewable sources. To date this has saved some 1.3 million litres of fossil diesel.
Fleet (milk collection) conversion - Australia
|Source : Australian Dairy|
Murray Goulburn has converted a significant proportion of its 150 strong fleet of prime movers to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). At a cost of $2.7 million, 54 prime movers have been converted, reducing diesel consumption by about 80%.
Progressively, the whole fleet will be converted to LNG with an anticipated saving of 1,730 tonnes of CO2-e/year. This is equivalent to taking 433 cars off the road. In addition, the conversion of the engines to LNG reduces nitrous oxide, sulphur dioxide and particulate emissions, as well as noise emissions.
Transport efficiency - Greece
|Source : IDF National Committee of Greece|
- Optimised milk collections: central cooling tanks have been used in cases of small farms by the assistance of the local or nation dairy plants.
- Optimised product distribution: Dairy plants use their distribution chains which may distribute milk and milk products inside and outside of the country.
- Optimised engine performance and driver training: training is made by dairy plants, mainly.
Driver training - France
|Source : IDF National Committee of France|
Drivers awareness and training programs to reduce fuel use
Decrease of fuel use : 5L/100km within 2 years
Dairy and collecting companies
Optimising truck efficiency at Saputo - Canada
|Source : Saputo|
As it pertains to reducing Saputo’s greenhouse gas emissions, transportation is a key concern. Hence, in fiscal 2009, the logistics team worked on optimizing the efficiency of our internal fleet through truck and trailer retrofits, and by shifting a considerable portion of transportation from road to intermodal rail. These measures enabled us to cut on greenhouse gas emissions.
New and Improved Processes and Products: Transportation – Fuel Savings - USA
|Source : Darigold|
- Purchased 146 New Fuel Efficient Reefers (Thermo King Whisper II High Efficiency) Units in the last three years. The new reefers use 70% less fuel than before. These now make up over 80% of the entire fleet.
- Purchased Heavy Hauling and High Capacity Trailers with drop axle increasing payloads to 56,400 pound up from 44,000. A 30% reduction in miles with minimal decrease in fuel economy.
- XATA Net On Board Computers to monitor and report driver fuel usage habits (idling, jack-rabbiting, etc) measuring every Engine Idle Tracking and Driver Idle Tendencies .
- Tractors set with 3 minute idling tractor engine shut- off.
- Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) put on sleeper cab to decrease fuel usage while off-duty.