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Software Offers Savings for Convenience Store Deliveries

Software Offers Savings for Convenience Store Deliveries

Transportation costs for convenience store deliveries can be cut by up to 20 percent – by reducing mileage and improving driver and vehicle utilization – with vehicle routing and scheduling optimization software created by Paragon Software Systems, the company says. Using the software, George’s Chicken was able to reduce its … Read more »

2014 Corporate Water Investment Up Over Second Half of 2013

2014 Corporate Water Investment Up Over Second Half of 2013

Corporate investment in water and wastewater was up by 53 percent during the first half of 2014 compared to the second half of 2013, according to the Cleantech Group. However, water and wastewater is still a relatively small portion of venture and corporate investment compared to areas such as energy … Read more »

Transit-Oriented Development Trend Growing

The growing trend of transit-oriented development (TOD) was surveyed by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), using its TOD Standard evaluation tool. The report authors note the urban share of the world’s population is expected to increase to 70 percent by 2050. Places where the car-centric lifestyle is becoming a thing … Read more »

Isuzu Part of Clean Diesel Promotion

The Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) said that Isuzu Manufacturing Services America, a medium and heavy duty commercial vehicle and diesel engine manufacturer, has joined the Forum. DTF is a non-profit organization that promotes the use of the newest clean diesel technologies in the United States and throughout the world. Isuzu … Read more »

LaserShip

LaserShip Joins EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership

LaserShip has joined the EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership, a program that reduces transportation-related emissions by creating incentives to improve supply chain fuel efficiency. As part of the initiative, SmartWay provides the tools and framework with which LaserShip and other member carriers can benchmark operations, track fuel consumption and improve performance. … Read more »

NRC: Car Petroleum Use, GHG Emissions Could Drop 80%

NRC: Car Petroleum Use, GHG Emissions Could Drop 80%

The US could reduce petroleum use and cars’ greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 compared to 2005 levels by using more efficient vehicles, alternative fuels and implementing strong government policies, according to a study by the National Research Council. To reach the 2050 goals, vehicles must become dramatically more efficient … Read more »

Transocean Pleads Guilty, Pays $400M for Gulf Spill

Rig operator Transocean pleaded guilty to a violation of the Clean Water Act and agreed to pay $400 million in criminal penalties for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, which killed 11 workers and caused the worse offshore oil spill in US history. A federal judge approved Transocean’s agreement with the … Read more »

Norfolk Southern Sustainability Report: Normalized Emissions Drop 2%

Norfolk Southern Sustainability Report: Normalized Emissions Drop 2%

In 2011, freight company Norfolk Southern reduced its normalized emissions by 2 percent, according to the company’s latest sustainability report. In 2010, the company produced 28.8 grams of carbon dioxide equivalent per revenue-ton mile. That figure fell to 28.1 grams in 2011, according to the company’s 2012 sustainability report, which … Read more »

Unilever to Remove 23 Million Vehicle Kilometers from UK Roads

Unilever has said it will reduce the distance its trucks drive on Europe’s roads by around 200 million kilometers annually by the end of 2014, compared to 2010 levels, as part of a project partially funded by the EU. The company says its new transport management scheme will remove 23 … Read more »

What Is ‘Alternative Transportation’ the Alternative To?

Much has been done in the past few years to engage the public in trying out “alternative” forms of transportation. “Alternative” meaning, of course, alternative to the car. A colleague of mine in Seattle is still recovering from her experience with “Bike to School and Work Day” last week. Her … Read more »

Lux Research: Lightweighting Provides ‘Vast Swath of Saving Opportunity’ for Transportation

Lightweighting can save the transportation sector a lot of money – in aviation, a 1-lb. reduction is worth a $100 to $300 premium, for example – but each material has its own challenges, according to a Lux Research report. The report, titled “Structural Navigation: Optimizing Materials Selection in Automotive and … Read more »

VW to Cut Vehicle Emissions 30% by 2015

Volkswagen has pledged to reduce carbon emissions from the cars it produces by 30 percent by 2015, against a 2006 baseline. VW’s commitment is one of a raft of sustainability proposals that will see every new vehicle model generation be on average 10 to 15 percent more efficient than its … Read more »