Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - January 3, 2019
Waste Management commits to clean fleet
Waste Management has committed to reducing emissions associated with its fleet by 45% by 2038. In its just-released 2018 Sustainability Report, the company noted it has already reduced fleet emissions by 28% from 2010 through 2017.
The report, titled “Change for the Better,” highlights progress toward reducing Waste Management’s greenhouse gas footprint, recycling viability, technology utilization and helping employees, customers, and communities to be safe, resilient and sustainable. “The world is changing more rapidly than ever. To sustain and succeed in the face of this change requires agility, adaptability and, above all, a resilient spirit,” said Jim Fish, president and CEO of Waste Management. “We see these qualities tested and proven countless times each day by our employees who manage the environmental needs of our customers. This year’s Sustainability Report is a testament to our continued commitment to our planet and our people.”
The report noted that Waste Management operates the largest fleet of heavy-duty natural gas trucks in North America and nearly one-third of these run on 100% renewable natural gas generated from landfill gas.
Among other highlights, the company noted that their investments in state-of-the-art routing technology to improve fleet efficiencies has led to a 2% reduction in miles driven. The report said, "Optimizing routes not only reduces our environmental impact but also increases the quality of service.”
Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is a provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America, including collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a developer, operator, and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the U.S.