"Natural gas powered trucks are a cleaner way for us to deliver the superior products our customers love to the communities we support."
CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) is extending its commitment to a more
sustainable supply chain by becoming one of the first large shippers to
convert a significant percentage of its for-hire truck loads to natural
gas. Beginning in July 2013, P&G will work with eight transportation
carriers to convert up to 20 percent of its North America truck load
shipments to natural gas vehicles within two years. By meeting this
goal, it is expected P&G will incur savings for the converted lanes and
reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by nearly 5,000 metric tons (or
the equivalent GHG emissions from 1,000 passenger vehicles for a year).
P&G’s commitment to the carriers will convert approximately seven
percent of the company’s North America for-hire transportation network
to natural gas powered trucks during the initial phase. This will be
delivered in 16 states with an average length of haul over 280 miles,
including two 1,000 mile truck lanes. Some brands to now be delivered by
natural gas powered trucks include Bounty®, Ivory®,
Charmin®, Dawn®, Gain®, Downy®,
The use of for-hire transportation carriers for natural gas in the
market will enable P&G to use them on routes far longer than is the
average in the dedicated fleet model, while supporting the growth of
public natural gas refueling stations. High capital costs of vehicles
and limited fueling stations are often barriers to growth for the
natural gas industry, and P&G’s commitment helps to remove the obstacles
to the resource becoming mainstream for large scale shipments.
“P&G is investing in carriers with a commitment to natural gas vehicles
to help boost the emerging natural gas industry, while continuing to
seek more sustainable options for our supply chain and operations,” said
Yannis Skoufalos, Global Product Supply Officer for P&G. “Natural gas
powered trucks are a cleaner way for us to deliver the superior products
our customers love to the communities we support.”
This for-hire natural gas carrier arrangement is in addition to P&G’s 22
natural gas vehicles, which comprise part of the company’s broader
efforts to place sustainable logistics at the forefront of
manufacturer-retailer collaboration across supply chains. P&G is
bringing distribution centers closer to its customer and ensuring trucks
are fully utilized in both directions. Globally, the company is moving
from truck to rail and inland shipping, which according to P&G data is
up to four times less carbon intensive.
Improvements in supply chain efficiency are helping P&G meet its
long-term sustainability vision. As part of its strategy to grow
responsibly, P&G aims to use 100 percent renewable energy at all of its
plants, use 100% renewable or recycled materials for products and
packaging and to have zero of its manufacturing and consumer waste go to
“Sustainable logistics is a critical part of achieving this bold vision,
so we’re taking important steps to make our supply chain more
efficient,” Skoufalos said.
About Procter & Gamble P&G serves approximately 4.6
billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of
the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands,
including Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®,
Bounty®, Dawn®, Fairy®, Gain®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®,
Oral-B®, Duracell®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Wella®, Gillette®, Braun®,
Fusion®, Ace®, Febreze®, Ambi Pur®, SK-II®, and Vicks®. The P&G
community includes operations in approximately 75 countries worldwide.
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