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Coalition For Clean Air Recognizes TTSI for Sustainable Initiatives

Coalition For Clean Air Recognizes TTSI for Sustainable Initiatives

The Coalition For Clean Air awarded what is known as the highest award focusing on air quality initiatives to Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI) during the 28th annual Clean Air Awards program. TTSI is a Southern California-based logistics leader specializing in distributing imports throughout North America. TTSI President Victor La Rosa was part of the recognition for spearheading efforts in creating a sustainable company culture and operations, specifically related diesel truck fleets.

“When we committed to the zero-emission transportation pathway, all the technology companies who are manufacturing in the alternative fuels sector sought us out, said Vic La Rosa. “At TTSI, we’ve all learned about alternative fuel technologies, sustainability, and why reducing emissions from diesel matters. We are committed to the environment. We have a Director of Compliance and Sustainability, which has been very fruitful for TTSI, as they’ve been able to focus on what new technologies are emerging that we should incorporate.”

The annual Coalition for Clean Air evaluates and identifies leaders promoting environmental awareness and sustainable initiatives throughout California. TTSI’s focus on clean technology in trucking and supply chain industries is attributed for this year’s recognition, adding to previous recognition from the EPA, the California Air Resources Board and many  Congressional members.

“This year’s California Air Quality Awards Honoree, Vic La Rosa, founded TTSI in 1986, to create a customer-focused business that makes a difference in the trucking industry. TTSI distinguished itself early on by its commitment to sustainable practices and by fostering a company-wide awareness of the urgency to reduce diesel emissions. Vic has tested and put in operation every single type of heavy-duty truck available and has set himself the ambitious goal of converting his entire fleet to zero or near-zero-emission vehicles by 2020,” said the Coalition for Clean Air.

“Vic La Rosa understands clearly that the market is dominated by outdated diesel vehicles and feels there is room for all available clean technologies like renewable natural gas, hydrogen, battery or fuel cell technology,” said Joe Lyou, President & CEO, Coalition for Clean Air and a board member at the South Coast Air Quality Management District. “Like us, Vic hopes that the technology providers will come together to remove diesel trucks from California roads so that we can start making progress toward a clean air future! We’re going to clean up the trucks that use the ports, rail yards and warehouses and Vic is the guy who’s making that happen.”

Source: EIN News

12 SHIPPING COMPANIES RECOGNIZED FOR PROTECTING BLUE WHALES AND BLUE SKIES

Representatives from the Port of Los Angeles, three regional air pollution control districts, two National Marine Sanctuaries and a member of Congress and the California State Senate gathered in Wilmington, CA, on March 6 to recognize 12 shipping companies that participated in the 2018 Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies program.

Those receiving awards for reducing speeds in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Santa Barbara Channel region were: Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Great American Lines (GALI), K Line, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) Ro-Ro Division, Hyundai Glovis, COSCO, Evergreen, Hapag Lloyd, Maersk, CMA CGM, Ocean Network Express (ONE) and Yang Ming.

Leadership from participating and supporting agencies and organizations there to recognize the shipping companies included: Lisa Wunder, Marine Environmental manager at the Port of LA; Aeron Arlin Genet of the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District; Mike Villegas of the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District; and Michael Murphy of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Also, Chris Mobley of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary; Dan Howard, NOAA Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary; and representatives for U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach, CA) and State Senator Ben Allen (D-Redondo Beach, CA).

 

Dachser Adds eActros to Test Operations

Dachser Intelligent Logistics announced it will begin test operations with the all-electric, 18-ton Mercedes-Benz eActros for its Emission-Free Delivery program concept in Stuttgart, Germany. Currently boasting a 4-5 metric ton payload, the eActros test operations will ultimately support Dachser’s current emissions-free delivery efforts with other electric vehicles in the Stuttgart region. In addition to the eActros capabilities, Dachser employs maneuverable, electrically assisted cargo bikes as well as an all-electric 7.5-ton FUSO eCanter truck.

Features of the eActros include 240 kWh lithium-ion batteries capable of charging within two hours, 18 pallet space capacity, and a range of 125 miles. The eActros prototype was projected to begin large-scale production in 2021 by Mercedes-Benz Trucks. 

“We’ll be using the eActros for transporting deliveries both directly to customers and to the microhub in the Heslach district of Stuttgart. And for the last mile, we’ll use pedelecs, electrically assisted cargo bikes that are also part of our emission-free vehicle portfolio,” Markus Maurer, General Manager of Dachser’s Kornwestheim branch.

Dachser continues to implement emissions-free options to determine the best options for sustainable transportation in delivering groupage shipments. In addition to the Stuttgart, Dachser confirmed test operations are underway in other regions including Berlin, Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Cologne, Málaga, Mannheim, Paris, Tübingen, and Ulm.

“We’re not looking to take a one-size-fits-all approach; instead, we want to come up with a range of solutions, each of them focused on optimizing deliveries, routes, and times,” says Stefan Hohm, Corporate Director, Corporate Solutions, Research & Development at Dachser.

Source: Dachser

Report: Emissions Control Areas can Prevent Premature Deaths

Findings from an impact assessment from France show the potential for a decrease in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels up to 76% through the implementation of an Emissions Control Area in the Mediterranean region. Additional findings confirmed up to 6,000 lives can be saved every year from reducing air pollution from shippers in the Mediterranean through switching to better grade marine fuels and the ECA.

“The study shows the need for a Mediterranean emission control area. The French environmental ministry must now take its role as a leader and search for support in as much Mediterranean countries as possible,” explained Charlotte Lepitre, health policy officer at FNE.

“We see that a combined sulphur and nitrogen emission control area will have the greatest effect for the people living in the coastal areas. If governments cooperate well such a regulation could come into effect as early as 2022,” said Beate Klünder, transport policy officer at NABU.

Additional findings from the report confirmed a 100 percent reduction in SO2 in port areas and a 76 percent decrease in NO2 for coastal areas and East of the Mediterranean Sea. Additionally, the report outlined the efforts can prevent 6,000 premature deaths due to the reduction of the particle pollution. The ECA also has the potential to bring 8 to 14 billion Euro savings of health costs per year

“Now that there is clear evidence for significant socio-economic benefits there is no excuse to further postpone an implementation. Any delay let people suffer longer than necessary and that is not acceptable at all.”

For more information on the report and its findings, please visit: https://en.nabu.de/imperia/md/content/nabude/verkehr/hg_mediterranean_eca_final.pdf

EDF Climate Fellow to Join APL Logistics Team

APL Logistics announced the latest addition to the company will further support the company’s vision to grow sustainable solutions by creating a Scope Three Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculator. Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corpsfellow, Sriram Rachamadugu, is the man behind Scope Three which will be available for customer use late 2019. This solution will model GHG Protocol greenhouse gas reduction scenarios aligned with the Global Logistics Emissions Council’s (GLEC) carbon accounting methodology.

“We are focused on innovative opportunities to serve our customers,” said William Villalon, President of APL Logistics. The ability to model value chain emissions is a critical first step to signal investors that we are considering the business risks of climate change. APL Logistics continues to prepare for shifts in public policy and consumer preference, as we make decisions that consider the needs of future generations.”

APL Logistics’ Visual Intelligence Team is the main source of data as the calculator gathers resources from EDF Supply Chain Solutions Center to create sustainable solutions.

“Organizations like the Climate Action 100, a cohort of 300+ institutional investors controlling $33+ trillion, believe disclosing the risks of climate change is their fiduciary responsibility,” added Jessica Balsam, Director of Sustainability for APL Logistics. “We are providing results aligned with the business goals of customers concerned with investor pressure and the proliferation of global greenhouse gas pricing schemes. Over time, APL Logistics is prepared to be an active voice in shaping these issues and identifying collaborative partnerships for systems-based solutions.”

“Sriram’s calculator will provide APL Logistics with the data needed to set specific and measurable climate goals, an important step in any organization’s sustainability journey, as well as establish the groundwork for which future sustainability projects can be carried out,” said Scott Wood, Director of EDF Climate Corps

Southern California Inherits First All-Electric Refuse Truck for Residential Collection

Build Your Dreams (BYD) makes its mark in Carson, California with the delivery of its 8R Class 8 Automated Side Loader (ASL) to Waste Management Resources, a subsidiary of Waste Resource Technologies, Inc. (“WRT”). The heavy duty truck represents the first electric refuse truck to operate in a residential region in Southern California. Its features include a BYD-built cab, chassis and propulsion system along with an Amrep built ASL body.

“Amrep has earned a reputation for its unsurpassed and personal service, listening to customers and standing by its products,” said Eric Mattson, Amrep vice president and general manager. “Partnering with BYD on this electric truck is further evidence of our being in tune with the market and giving customers what they want and need.”

Waste Resources has already placed an additional order for the 8R Class 8 ASL as well as two of BYD’s 6R Class 6 Electric Refuse Trucks. Beyond the zero-emission benefits provided by BYD’s electric trucks, they provide a cost-effective option as they operate with a lower amount of moving parts than found with carbon burning trucks, simplifying overall maintenance efforts.

“WRT is a forward-thinking company that is embracing zero-emission technology for the benefit of the communities it serves,” said John Gerra, BYD Director of Business Development, Electric Trucks. “And we’re very happy with the great work that Amrep does to help provide our customers with state-of-the-art zero-emission electric trucks.”

“Electric collection trucks are part of our strategy to use clean, green and sustainable technologies for waste collection, processing and conversion. We applaud the City of Carson, California for allowing us the opportunity to roll out these technologically-advanced collection vehicles,” said Tommy Gendal, COO of WRT and Waste Resources.