Sustainability continues to be the talk of the industry town. Distribution giants like KeHE Distributors have already taken notice and are doubling down on their sustainable initiatives. Recently, KeHE announced a partnership with Clean Energy Fuels to add low-carbon emission trucks fueled with renewable natural gas to its California fleet in 2020.
"As a certified B Corporation and stewards of the environment, KeHE firmly believes in using our business as a force for good," said Chris Sieburg, EVP Operations. "Clean Energy's Zero Now has enabled us to make progress toward our new carbon reduction goals. By adding trucks fueled with clean fuel to our fleet, we're able to sustainably deliver products in a way that aligns with our company's values. To make the kind of impact we're striving for, progress will be evolutionary. These are great first steps."
Just by swapping five diesel trucks with natural gas trucks, KeHE expects an annual carbon reduction of 674 metric tons, the equivalent of planting 11,120 trees and recycling 235 tons of landfill waste.
Clean Energy's Redeem™ RNG is a clean low-carbon alternative fuel produced from organic waste. The environmentally friendly fuel source has been proven to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 70 percent versus diesel, KeHE noted in its release. Zero Now is an ultra-clean fuel and engine combination, developed by Clean Energy, to help achieve zero emissions in the trucking industry.
"It made sense for us to partner with Kenworth, the number one driver preferred truck in America, that has a long-standing relationship with Clean Energy," stated Tom Harden, Corporate Equipment Manager at KeHE.
Each of the five Kenworth compressed natural gas (CNG) tractor trucks will travel approximately 90,000 miles per year using about 15,000 gallons of renewable natural gas per truck annually. The impactful shift to the Kenworth's natural gas trucks will reduce the annual carbon emission comparable to removing 143 cars from the road.
"Switching to trucks fueled with RNG supports KeHE's commitment to sustainable and responsible living because they create a clear pathway to the carbon-free distribution of natural and organic foods," Chad Lindholm, Vice President of Clean Energy, added. "KeHE is a prime example of a fleet taking action that immediately decreases the environmental impact of their operations."
Laura McCord, KeHE's Executive Director of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, remarked, "We're grateful for this opportunity to move the needle as part of our commitment to running a greener fleet. All drivers have the opportunity to make an environmental impact through the types of vehicles they choose to drive every day. With 284.5 million registered vehicles on the road in the United States, we're encouraging more companies and consumers to rethink how they get around."
Congratulations to both KeHE and Clean Energy for pushing the sustainability needle forward.