Sustainability and Driving Toward a Cleaner Future
Ruan is always determined to make our trucks run more effectively and efficiently. We must drive toward a cleaner future. Ruan believes environmental stewardship and community service are more than good business decisions; they are moral imperatives.
We continually strive to design supply chain solutions for our customers that emphasize and take advantage of environmental efficiencies. Fuel efficiency saves on transportation costs. Energy conservation reduces utility costs. Lightweight materials increase efficiency. We are proud to pass these savings onto our customers.
Ruan continually explores new opportunities to implement sustainable practices into our business. This includes our focus on utilizing cleaner fuel options, including compressed natural gas (CNG), renewable natural gas (RNG), and renewable hydrocarbon diesel. Our CNG fleet of more than 120 trucks services customers in numerous industries and reduces millions of pounds of CO2 emissions.
In 2017, Ruan began purchasing biodiesel-blended fuel from Renewable Energy Group (REG) in blends of B5 to B20 to use at their onsite fueling facilities in Iowa. Since starting business with REG in 2017, Ruan has purchased over 3.8 million gallons of fuel, nearly 1.5 million gallons of that being biofuel. This alone has resulted in a greenhouse gas reduction of over 8,800 metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of over 22 million miles driven by an average passenger vehicle.
Overall, Ruan has made great strides in improving our MPG percentage, with a 11 percent increase over the last two years.
Engine Technology and Design
Ruan continually works with engine manufacturers to develop longer-lasting, lower-emitting engines with improved performance and lower fuel consumption. The base tractor specification we use matches the EPA's recommended tractor for best fuel consumption. Our entire fleet is made up of lightweight trucks and trailers with green specifications, including electric auxiliary power units that reduce engine idle time, efficient progressive shifting, auto-inflation trailer tire systems, and onboard recorders that monitor MPG, over-RPM, idle time, hard braking, and any over-speed driving.
Ruan is also committed to investing in equipment that utilizes the latest technologies. Our first zero-emission, 100 percent battery-powered electric tractors deployed in operations in Minnesota and Indiana, and we reserved several Tesla electric trucks to add to our fleet in the coming months.
Ruan has been named a SmartWay High Performer in the truck carriers category by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The SmartWay High Performer designation is given to shippers, carriers, and logistics providers who lead the way on clean freight. High Performers are determined based on freight activity, fuel use, and more information that SmartWay partners, such as Ruan, voluntarily share with the EPA. Those recognized as SmartWay High Performers have efficiency and air quality performance that outranks other participants. Just over 2 percent of all SmartWay carriers operate fleets clean and efficient enough to be named to the SmartWay High Performers list.
Ruan has been a SmartWay member since 2014 and has been honored with the SmartWay Excellence Award numerous times. To achieve such measures, Ruan has invested in technologies to help reduce fuel use and emissions, properly dispose of and recycle materials, and reduce paper usage across all operations. We design supply chain solutions that emphasize fuel efficiency, energy conservation, and using renewable energy.
In addition, Ruan is one of only three for-hire transportation companies selected for the National Clean Fleets Partnership (NCFP) membership and participates in their Clean Cities annual study. The NCFP assists fleets across the country implement strategies to advance alternative fuels and energy-efficient vehicle technologies.
Ruan has made a concerted effort to develop and implement paperless technologies. Technologies such as our proprietary RedTrak system, electronic logging devices, our intranet, and Track & Trace have helped reduce our reliance on paper and increase our company-wide efficiency and productivity.
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycling Initiatives
Ruan facilities and the Des Moines Campus place a high priority on the reduction, reuse, and recycling of all materials. Through policy changes and the use of various technologies, Ruan has experienced a 99 percent reduction in the use of paper to communicate among the field and Des Moines Campus.
More information on our various environmental initiatives can be found here.