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New sustainability report verifies Utility’s green efforts

Aug. 30, 2019
A new sustainability report highlights Utility Trailer's improvements in environmental performance.

Utility Trailer Manufacturing says a new third-party sustainability report conducted by Ramboll highlights its “substantial increases in environmental, health, and safety performance.”

Ramboll is an engineering, design and consultancy company based in Denmark.

Their report utilizes more than two decades of data collected from all five of the US manufacturing plants maintained by Utility—the industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers—to provide insight into the benefits and impact of its efforts to responsibly reduce overall air emissions, waste and energy consumption.

“We are honored to say that all Utility manufacturing plants are classified as Minor Sources of Emissions under the USEPA’s Clean Air Act regulations,” said Brett Olsen, marketing manager for Utility. “We take pride in managing our production and manufacturing with integrity as it relates to forward-thinking environmental practices.”

Through proactive green initiatives, Utility says it eliminated ozone-depleting emissions from its injection-foam insulation process and reduced overall waste and emissions. Results show greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 27%, volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions were cut by 62%, and hazardous air pollutants (HAP) emissions dropped 97%.

To add to its progress, Utility also sources 100% of its wood from forests certified by the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI), and its focus on cardboard recycling yielded a 23% increase. And while Utility was enhancing its environmental practices, it also was able to improve worker safety, the company claimed.

Utility’s recordable injuries decreased by 63%, while the most severe injuries (DART) declined by 67%, making it 31% lower than the industry average.

Overall, Utility’s reductions to water, energy, and materials usage cut down costs, improved efficiency, and provided substantial financial savings for the company each year. “These results prove that our proactive initiatives are achieving a safer, smarter, and more sustainable workplace” Mr. Olsen added. “By staying ahead of the curve, we are pursuing and implementing sustainable practices that better our employees, our environment, and best utilize our natural resources.”

To learn more about Utility’s sustainability practices, visit utilitytrailer.com/discover-utility/sustainability.

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