After unveiling a first-of-its-kind innovation, Loblaw Companies Limited reaffirmed its dedication to reducing carbon emissions and modernizing its trucking operations. The company’s new advancement is an entirely electric or hybrid fleet. Joining representatives of the company, the Candian Minister of Environment and Climate Change helped unveil a 53-foot, fully-electric Class 8 truck, which is capable of producing zero carbon emissions on its commercial grocery deliveries.
"As one of Canada's largest energy users, given the size and scope of our retail network and supply chain, we know we have a critical role to play in helping Canada reach its carbon reduction targets," said Rob Wiebe, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain. "We are committed to leading responsibly in this area, working with our partners like BYD for sustainable solutions to help our company, and our country, meet those goals."
In a press release, the company explained that its first-of-its-kind truck is a progressive milestone as it transitions to electric vehicles from its corporately-owned trucking fleet.
The fully-electric Class 8 truck and hybrid refrigerated trailer are manufactured by BYD and use technology that the retailer plans to expand to its fleet in the coming years. The company also notes that its strategy to eliminate its use of diesel by the transportation trucks will reduce more than 94,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year. This is equal to the removal of more than 20,000 cars from the road.
Loblaw’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by 30 percent by 2030 has inspired the company to reduce the intensity of transportation emissions to 0.087 gCO2 e/t-km, and it will continue its endeavor of bringing technological advances throughout the supply chain. With a focus on the increase of energy and transportation efficiencies, reduction of refrigerant emissions, and improvement of waste diversion efforts, the company has worked on several carbon-reducing strategies since 2011.
Loblaw plans to reduce its reduced emissions associated with electricity consumptions by 35 percent, transportation by 25 percent, and refrigerants by 50 percent by 2030. On top of that, the company has plans to improve waste diversion to 80 percent in stores and 95 percent in distribution centers.
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