Ruan Transportation Management Systems was recently named to Inbound Logistics' 75 Green Supply Chain Partners (G75) annual list. The G75 highlights sustainability leaders in the logistics and transportation sector. The selection process considers a company's involvement in three areas: participation in public-private partnerships; corporate sustainability initiatives; and collaborative customer-driven projects. Within this context, four benchmarks carry weight in the decision-making, including measurable green results, sustainability innovation, continuous improvement and industry recognition.
"Ruan's environmental program provides guidelines and measures for reducing fuel consumption, reducing or eliminating materials for disposal and preventing pollution, which not only controls costs but helps protect the environment," said Ruan President and CEO Steve Chapman. "The G75 recognition affirms our commitment to safe, efficient business practices that benefit our customers, team members and the global community."
Ruan utilizes a variety of environmentally friendly strategies, including idle reduction and auxiliary power unit (APU) usage, low viscosity lubricants, reduced highway speeds, lightweight equipment, paperless technologies and processes and successful driver training designed with an emphasis on maintenance and fuel consumption. We continually investigate new, sustainable fuel options like biodiesel and compressed natural gas (CNG). In fact, Ruan currently operates one of the largest CNG fleets in the country hauling dairy products in Indiana. The use of CNG at this operation eliminates 1.7 million gallons of diesel fuel each year.
Ruan was honored in 2012 with a SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a true industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency. Ruan is a longstanding partner of SmartWay, a collaboration between the EPA and the freight industry designed to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution.