J.D. Smith, UPM win first annual Green Supply Chain Awards

J.D. Smith and Sons Ltd. and UPM-Kymmene won the first annual SCL Green Supply Chain Awards, which recognize companies that have set and exceeded high standards for environmental friendliness in the handling and shipment of their products to customers. The award was presented earlier this year and is jointly sponsored by Transport Canada and Supply Chain and Logistics Association Canada (SCL).

Food products company J.D. Smith has made significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through a number of initiatives, including in-cab heaters that reduce vehicle idling levels, electric light retrofits in three facilities that have lowered electricity consumption, energy-smart roof replacement, and a building automation system that has reduced natural gas consumption. Other green initiatives include recycling and more efficient heating systems.

UPM-Kymmene’s logistics division is working with its shipping agents to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the efficient movement of paper products from its mills to customers.

The SCL Green Supply Chain Award acknowledges that recipients operate in an ethical manner and actively seek ways to improve environmental performance through:

* identifying goals to reduce the fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from freight facility operations;
* developing an action plan detailing how each of these goals will be achieved; and
* reporting progress towards achieving these goals.
(Source: Transport Canada press release)

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