• DHL Neutral Services cuts carbon and costs in transformation of UK warehouse for communication company O2
  • 760 tonnes of CO2 reduced and neutralized per year

DHL today announced the completion of its first carbon neutral warehouse globally, and the first of its kind in the UK; the 6,500 square foot site near Wakefield West Yorkshire is the location for the main distribution centre of U.K. communication company O2.

The project was implemented by DHL through its in-house carbon consultancy, DHL Neutral Services, as part of the company's industry leading GoGreen Program, which includes a commitment to reduce its carbon by 30 percent by 2020, and improve the cost efficiency of its supply chains.

The transformation of this warehouse to carbon neutral status was achieved by installing a ground source heat pump for heating and cooling which transfers the heat from the ground into the building.

In addition, changes were made to energy consumption by installing motion sensors to electric lighting systems, and the warehouse switched to a green energy tariff which provides energy from carbon-reduced sources.

The implementation followed DHL Neutral Services' four-stage carbon reduction model of assessment, reduction, replacement and neutralization, which resulted in 98 percent of the site's carbon emissions being eliminated completely and only the remaining 2 percent requiring offsetting via Gold Standard Certified Emission Reductions (CERs). In total an annual 760 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions were reduced and neutralized, which equals the carbon footprint of over 150 return flights from London to Sydney.

Karl W. Feilder, CEO of DHL Neutral Services said: "The combined forces of climate change and the worldwide financial crisis are forcing businesses to rethink every aspect of their supply chain, to address the urgent need in reducing carbon emissions and cutting costs. Every carbon reduction project that DHL has undertaken has identified initiatives to reduce costs.

Our goal is to help customers manage their carbon as they would manage any other aspect of their business - with an eye for operational efficiency and cost reduction. As part of that, many questions have been asked about the viability of neutralising supply chains without relying too heavily on offsetting. DHL's work with O2 on this carbon neutral facility demonstrates that eco-efficient solutions in the supply chain can be realised."

For O2 the supply chain is an important element to help the company reduce its carbon footprint. "Every company has an important role to play in tackling climate change. At O2 we're developing lots of different ways to reduce the energy we use," said Nick Lefever, General Manager Supply Chain.

"As a distributor and retailer, our supply chain is an important consideration for us in becoming a more sustainable business. Our partnership with DHL in neutralizing our main storage and distribution centre has shown what is possible in terms of carbon reduction and we see this as the first of many such initiatives. We will continue to work together with DHL to identify further carbon reduction strategies for our extended supply chain."

DHL will conduct regular assessment of the site to evaluate emissions from its operations toward continual improvement. Paul Richardson, Divisional Managing Director of DHL's Department Stores & Fashion team that operates the site for O2 adds: "We are constantly seeking ways of improving the impact the retail supply chain has on our environment from the use of the latest vehicle technologies to our most ambitious project of the first carbon neutral distribution centre in the UK."

Customers look to us to lead the industry from both an innovation and investment point of view, and this has been clearly demonstrated by this achievement which has taken considerable investment from both DHL and O2, underpinned by a fully committed team on site. We hope it will become the platform for future retail distribution solutions."

In April 2008, DHL's parent company, Deutsche Post World Net, became the first logistics company to set quantifiable carbon targets through its global climate protection programme - GoGreen, and the site team continues to develop GoGreen initiatives including, a world environmental day promotion, an active car sharing scheme, recyclingbanks and the creation of a wildlife area in association with the RSPB.

 

Toronto, ON - There are many applications for how RFID systems help manufacturers and warehouse operations; these applications can be as unique as the enterprise they help. However, there are some common areas in these industries related to their logistics of getting the finished product to the customer or to another distribution center. Bottlenecking of the goods at the shipping door has implications on the costs to ship goods, lowers revenues when there are fewer shipped goods to bill and puts a drag on productivity gains you have made in other areas of the enterprise.

As product moves onto pallets, cases, boxes or whatever the means of preparing it for shipment, an RFID tag is read that is attached to the pallet, as an example. With the appropriate applications software, then all relevant data is transposed onto the tag, the inventory of product, which customer it is for, delivery information, the method of transportation, etc.

Once that pallet passes through a specific point at a shipping dock, then the tag is read and the contents of the data loaded earlier gets processed into the enterprise software. This in turn will generate invoices, initiate courier tracking, adjusts inventories, initiates material purchases to name just some of the impact RFID can have for your day-to-day business. Gone too are many of the headaches associated with bottlenecks in the shipping process such as verifying shipments against the bill-o-lading while drivers queue up for their pick-ups, the potential for human error in getting the wrong product on the wrong truck.

The ability to ship manufactured or warehoused goods efficiently and with less cost is what RFID technology can deliver to your business. To learn more, please contact GAO RFID Inc. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our Web site at www.gaorfid.com.

About GAO RFID Inc
GAO RFID Inc., a member of GAO Group, was spun out from GAO Tek (formerly GAO Engineering) in July, 2006 as a result of its fast growing RFID business and its further heavy investment in this exciting market. GAO RFID has established itself as one of world's most influential suppliers of RFID products, particularly RFID tags, labels, and readers. GAO emphasizes on product quality.

OOIDA tells Washington to take action now

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. – The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is asking U.S. policymakers to take action in response to new research predicting a dramatic drop in new truck and engine purchases which will ultimately lead to a break down in the trucking industry.

NERA Economic Consulting released a study detailing implications for the 2010 emission requirements for diesel engines indicating truckers and fleet managers will ultimately decide to not buy new engines and trucks because of financial reasons and user uncertainties. This will eventually mean huge job losses and a lack of choices for trucking equipment consumers of all sizes.

“With record-high diesel fuel prices earlier this year, trucking companies have already faced nearly insurmountable challenges trying to stay in business,” said Todd Spencer, Executive Vice President of OOIDA.  “It’s the worst possible time for the trucking industry to take on a high stakes gamble with no known level of reliability of the technologies or return on investment.”

The Association would like the Administration and Congress to push for a restructured timeline, phasing in the new emission standards to allow ample breathing room and build confidence within the trucking industry. This would provide time to prove the worthiness of new engines, give the economy an opportunity to recover and explore new fuel alternatives.

“With more time, the solutions will become much clearer and environmentally much cleaner,” added Spencer. “Otherwise, there will be a delay in the intended environmental benefit because there is a disincentive to purchasing the new technology.  Truckers and fleets are simply going to hold onto their equipment for a longer period of time, if they are able to hold onto it at all,” Spencer concluded. 

The Association has been dedicated to a cleaner environment and is an affiliate in the SmartWay Transport Partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency. 

However, the Association has reviewed recent news reports showing that sales and production of diesel engines and trucks have begun to slow dramatically.  Manufacturers are laying off workers and closing production lines in anticipation of lower sales.  Fleets, both small and large, are signaling that they will hold on to existing, older equipment, instead of making purchases of newer technology. 

“While Congress and the Administration continue to address our economic crisis by focusing their attention on the Big 3 automakers after bailing out Wall Street ventures gone bad, the engine that drives the trucking industry is headed for a cliff looming just ahead,” added Spencer.

The NERA report is an update to a previous study done in January of 2005 in anticipation of a similar emission requirement in 2007.  In 2010, truck engines will be required to comply with more stringent emission standards for nitrogen oxide (NOx).  Various technologies are being developed and tested by engine and truck manufacturers to meet these standards.

Among other things, the study concluded:

  1. Trucks that meet the new standard will have substantially higher purchase prices.

  2. Trucks that meet the standard will entail technological uncertainties from the perspective of the customer, including uncertain increases in operating and maintenance costs.

  3. The net result of these customer reactions (pre-buy and low-buy) to the 2010 standards would be reduced environmental benefits and less cost-effective standards.

Maintenance and operational costs will be substantially higher than current model engines.  According to the NERA report, costs of trucks coming off the assembly line, in complying with 2010 emission standards, will run between $7,000 and $10,000 more per vehicle.  This is nearly $21,000 more per truck higher than in 2004.  Furthermore, there will be an additional weight of between 300 and 500 lbs. for some models utilizing new technology.

An analysis of the trucking industry released by Avondale Partners recently revealed a grim picture supporting the Association’s concerns.

The report, “Trucking: Still Driving Into the Ditch – Record Number of Trucks Exit Highways in 2008,”  estimated that more than 39,000 trucks, making up 2.0 percent of the nation’s over the road heavy duty truck capacity, was idled during the third quarter of 2008.  The total number of failures for 2008 is more than 127,000 trucks or 6.5 percent of the nation’s capacity.  In terms of trucking company failures, during the third quarter of the year, 785 trucking companies closed shop.  This is in addition to the 935 failures in the first quarter, followed by 970 failures in the second quarter, for a total of more than 2,690 trucking company failures so far in 2008. 

This data only accounts for trucking companies with fleets of five or more trucks.  Thousands of owner-operators and smaller fleet carriers who also failed in that same time period are not directly tracked by government or private sector analysts. The report concluded, “Never have more trucks been pulled off the road in a shorter period of time than in the first three quarters of this year.”

(For the full report go to the following url: "http://www.ooida.com/Documents/NERA_2010_NOx_Standard_Report.pdf".)

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is the national trade association representing the interests of small-business trucking professionals and professional truck drivers. OOIDA was established in 1973 and is headquartered in the greater Kansas City, Mo. area. The Association currently has more than 160,000 members from all 50 states and Canada.

Shanghai, CN (ACN Newswire) -- The economic crisis is sweeping the globe, with volatile energy and commodity cost and food prices, serious threat of global warming and climate change, and peaking greenhouse gas emissions. Under such severe conditions, the automotive industry as a high energy-consuming industry is facing unprecedented challenges. Johnson Controls, the global leader in smart environments, is committed to finding solutions to alleviate the crisis by providing more green products and techniques to meet the consumer and market's need.

Johnson Controls is helping reduce vehicle weight to decrease fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, cutting the waste of non-renewable resources, optimizing “green” production technology, developing recyclable products and enhancing the degree of recycling, which in combination, create a more comfortable, safe, and enjoyable driving experience. To date, Johnson Controls has saved billions of dollars in energy costs for customers, and reduced 10 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which is equivalent to decreasing the emission of 2 million cars on the road every year.

Johnson Controls has developed a series of environmentally-friendly automotive interior products, such as the new Ecobond headliner, and the seating foam made from Palm oil-based polyol. It is also committed to green production. The cutting-edge PP (polypropylene) Thin Film technology and RIM alpha surface technology improve the product quality and at the same time minimize the waste of raw materials and reduce the negative impact on environment and human health.

On the other hand, as a global leader with an annual output of 100 million lead-acid batteries, Johnson Controls is committed to battery recycling. The recycling rate of auto battery in North America has reached 97 percent.

Moreover, Johnson Controls is a leader in the development of batteries for hybrid vehicles. PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) batteries are key element of a company's advanced energy solutions portfolio that targets the full range of hybrid applications, from micro-hybrids to full hybrids. Advanced battery technologies from Johnson Controls support low-emission HEVs, and help to reduce consumer's reliance on fossil-fuel resources.

"Cars consume a lot of the planet's energy resources," Stephen Roell, Chairman and CEO of Johnson Controls said. "Johnson Controls' expertise in energy efficiency can play a significant role in cutting energy consumption."

About: Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is the global leader that brings ingenuity to the places where people live, work and travel. By integrating technologies, products and services, we create smart environments that redefine the relationships between people and their surroundings. Our team of 140,000 employees creates a more comfortable, safe and sustainable world through our products and services for more than 200 million vehicles, 12 million homes and one million commercial buildings. Our commitment to sustainability drives our environmental stewardship, good corporate citizenship in our workplaces and communities, and the products and services we provide to our customers. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.

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