Tuesday, May 10, 2011

YRC Worldwide Launches Initiatives to Further Reduce Emissions Footprint

YRC Worldwide Inc. continues its emphasis on environmental sustainability with investments in fleet enhancements and network optimization.

This month, YRC Worldwide begins its shift to 5W full-synthetic motor oil, which will improve the miles-per-gallon efficiencies of the company's fleet and reduce waste motor oil.

"When fully implemented in 2012, this change will translate to an annual savings of approximately 100,000 gallons of fuel," says Mike Kelley, chief sustainability officer and vice president, External Affairs - YRC Worldwide. "In addition, this will reduce the waste oil we dispose of each year by approximately 28,000 fewer gallons."

The company also is adding wind skirts to its 53-foot trailers. "Mounted below the trailers' bottom rails, these skirts reduce drag, and when used in combination with fuel-efficient, low-rolling resistance tires, we are able to achieve a combined five percent savings on fuel consumption," Kelley explains. Concentrating initially on equipment in California, YRC Worldwide will extend the use of wind skirts nationwide. YRC Worldwide introduced its use of fuel-efficient tires in early 2010.

Additionally, YRC Worldwide will order an initial SmartWay™-certified power unit to use in a pilot program this summer. "We have been working with manufacturers on designs that meet the SmartWay standards. We anticipate concluding the pilot program and placing our initial order for new equipment before year end," says Kelley.

YRC Worldwide will also be hiring additional network engineers in the next few months. "Network engineers are skilled in finding ways to optimize our network to minimize empty miles and maximize trailer capacity," Kelley adds. "Our network design works in tandem with our fleet enhancements, driving further reductions in emissions."

Network engineering positions will be posted as they become available. Interested candidates can check for listings at http://www.yrcw.com/careers/. Click on the "professional" link and select "industrial engineering" to view and apply for open positions

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