Corporate initiatives such as: managing fuel economy and tire management, reducing utility needs, and handling wastewater treatment recognizes the potential impact of our operations on the environment and how we can do our part.
Managing Fuel Economy
Diesel fuel is one of Trimac’s largest cost components. While ensuring that we purchase fuel at the lowest total cost is a major focus, we also achieve higher levels of fuel economy through driver training, performance metrics, purchasing newer fuel-efficient engines, reduced idling, monitoring ‘over-revs,’ and actively pursuing fuel conservation initiatives.
Trimac has a maximum speed policy (lower than posted speeds in many locations) that applies to company drivers and independent contractors. This promotes safety while reducing fuel consumption. Speed governors exist on all company tractors and speed is monitored via on-board computers and engine performance recording devices.
Trimac has tested Auxiliary Power Units (APU’s) to reduce engine idling for both heating and air conditioning in the cab. The intent is to improve fuel economy and reduce engine wear.
Our dispatch team strives to reduce empty miles by securing backhauls, using “combo” trailers to haul multiple products, and increasing payloads, thereby reducing the unit cost of transportation per mile. Trimac is one of the leading bulk carriers in North America that maximizes volume and weight on multiple axle configurations by remaining safely within existing state and provincial “bridge laws.” This reduces the fuel Trimac uses for each of the products we handle.
Trimac employs a comprehensive tire management program. We work with our tire suppliers to ensure that we specify the right steer and drive tires on tractors and trailers. We have a tire recapping program throughout North America that has performance metrics in place to optimize tire costs per mile. This tire management process reduces costs and the volume of scrap from used tire casings. It is a closed loop system that returns old tires to the re-capper for reuse elsewhere or proper recycling.
Tire pressure is a major determinant of both tire life and fuel economy. Trimac continues the traditional methods of checking tire pressure in the shop at preventive maintenance intervals and on the road at driver vehicle inspections. Trimac has also tested a variety of tire pressure inflation systems in order to identify and maintain proper tire pressure. We have not realized all the projected benefits and we continue to work with suppliers in this area.
Trimac has adopted wide-based tires in specific applications to both reduce weight and improve fuel economy.
Depending on consumption, fuel costs, and age of utilities, Trimac has undertaken various utility reduction initiatives.
Trimac has a large investment in company owned and managed shops and tank cleaning (washrack) facilities. All have been the subject of both internal and external environmental audits that cover everything from underground fuel storage tanks, to recycling used oil and filters, to wastewater treatment, and the recycling of scrap tires and metal. We work hard to meet stormwater runoff regulations at our facilities, including the use of oil/water separators and various water treatment systems.
Whether properties are owned or leased, Trimac also conducts site environmental inspections and comprehensive environmental site assessments of specific locations where there are any areas of environmental concern.