Meijer goes green with upgraded trucksBy upgrading its fleet with cleaner-running and fuel-efficient trucks, retailer Meijer Inc. has reduced its carbon footprint by 60% and expects to save more than $2 million in diesel costs during the first five years.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based chain started the transition three years ago.

Company officials said this fall they completed the upgrade with their entire fleet of 170 Freightliner Cascadia trucks, according to a news release.

The trucks use selective catalytic reduction technology.

“The impact is tremendous because the Meijer fleet makes deliveries to our stores 26 times each week,” director of outbound logistics David Hoover said in the release.

He said the emission of just one of the chains’ old trucks was equal to the emissions of 47 of the “clean-diesel” trucks.

The fleet upgrade is part of the company’s ongoing green initiatives, according to the release.

Meijer goes green with upgraded trucks“Not only are we integrating cutting-edge technology into our business, we’re also working under the philosophy that to be a good company, we must be a good neighbor,” Rick Keyes, Meijer executive vice president of supply chain operations and manufacturing, said in the release.

How it works

The selective catalytic reduction technology on the trucks treats nitrogen oxide emissions downstream in the exhaust, allowing for the engines to be tuned to run more efficiently.

The after-treatment systems treat exhaust with a non-hazardous fluid that reduces nitrogen oxides into simple nitrogen and water.

In addition to running cleaner, the rigs run more efficiently, Meijer officials said in the release. With 100% of the fleet upgraded, the chain is seeing a 5% increase in fuel economy.

That’s 527,850 gallons of diesel that Meijer won’t have to buy in the next five years, according to the release.

With the U.S. Energy Information Administration reporting the U.S. average price for on-road diesel at $3.83 per gallon as of Nov. 11, that is a savings of more than $2 million.

Other green numbers generated by upgrading the Meijer fleet:

  •  47% reduction in particulate matter;
  •  55% reduction in — or 525 tons of — nitrogen oxides;
  •  3% reduction in — or 9,300 tons of — carbon dioxide.

Meijer operates 203 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.