We’re continually improving the efficiency of our facilities and fleet, reducing our environmental footprint.
IN OUR FACILITIES
Our distribution centers require significant amounts of energy to store, refrigerate and manage our vast portfolio of products. We work diligently to reduce the energy intensity of our business (measured in kilowatt hours per case shipped) and have achieved more than a 10% improvement in our broadline business since 2015.
US Foods® currently operates three Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver-certified facilities, with additional locations in progress. LEED-certified buildings have been shown to lower environmental impact and operating costs, while providing a healthier working environment for employees.
Solar arrays have been installed on six of our distribution centers, including an 8.4-megawatt solar installation in Perth Amboy, New Jersey – one of the largest in the state.
- 13M+ kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity are generated annually from our solar installations
ABOUT OUR FLEET
Delivering products by truck is core to our business. We’re optimizing our routing to reduce miles driven and rightsizing our vehicles by route type to improve transportation efficiency.
- 8% reduction in gallons of fuel used per case delivered in 2017*
- ~8% reduction in Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions intensity in 2017**
Additional fleet enhancements include the installation of SmartWay verified tires and tire inflation systems that help with fuel efficiency, as well as trailer skirts that help with wind resistance. Extended oil drain schedules reduce oil use and create less oil waste, and the utilization of lighter weight oil in our vehicles helps improve fuel economy.
As we continue to update and add to our fleet, we have selected new vehicle models that feature an aerodynamic design for better fuel efficiency, and engines that run at a lower RPM to reduce emissions. In addition, the new vehicles include state-of-the-art diagnostics that connect to the engine and monitor performance in real time, as well as onboard computer monitoring systems that are used to report fuel economy and idle time. This data is used to drive continuous improvement and higher efficiency.
As fleet technology continues to evolve, we’re also testing new, innovative approaches, such as the 55 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles we have in our fleet today in Texas and Oklahoma City, which allow us to save fuel and reduce truck emissions.
*Base year 2015. Broadline business only.
**Base year 2015. Emissions intensity measured as lb. CO2e per case delivered.