Transport Canada sponsors first annual SCL Green Supply Chain Award



    OTTAWA, Sept. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today recognized two companies
who have won the first annual SCL Green Supply Chain Award. Transport Canada
sponsored the award in collaboration with the Supply Chain and Logistics
Association Canada (SCL). The award was presented earlier this year.
    J.D. Smith and Sons Ltd. and UPM-Kymmene are the recipients of the 2007
award, which acknowledges companies that have set and exceeded high standards
for environmental friendliness in the handling and shipment of their products
to customers.
    "This award recognizes two forward-thinking companies in the industry,"
said Minister Cannon. "I encourage all freight operators and shippers in
Canada to follow the award winners' example in reducing their impact on the
environment."
    J.D. Smith and Sons Ltd. has made significant reductions in greenhouse
gas emissions through a number of initiatives, including in-cab heaters that
reduce vehicle idling levels, electric light retrofits in three facilities
that have lowered electricity consumption, energy-smart roof replacement, and
a building automation system that has reduced natural gas consumption. Other
green initiatives include recycling and more efficient heating systems.
    "We have had a significant culture shift at J.D. Smith and Sons. Our
employees have embraced these challenges, and recognition from SCL and
Transport Canada is a testament to the tremendous strides we have made to
reduce our impact on the environment," said Scott Smith, President of J.D.
Smith and Sons Ltd.
    UPM-Kymmene is working closely with its shipping agents to reduce fuel
consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The logistics division of UPM
contributes to these goals through expert coordination in the efficient
movement of paper products from its mills to customers.
    "UPM is pleased to be recognized for its efforts to positively impact the
sustainability of the forest industry through good supply chain management,"
said Phil Riebel, Director of Environmental Affairs for UPM North America.
"UPM has a strong record of environmental leadership and a firm commitment to
promoting green logistics in our operations across the globe."
    The SCL Green Supply Chain Award acknowledges that recipients operate in
an ethical manner and actively seek ways to improve environmental performance
through:

    
    - identifying goals to reduce the fuel consumption and greenhouse gas
      emissions from freight facility operations;
    - developing an action plan detailing how each of these goals will be
      achieved; and
    - reporting progress towards achieving these goals.
    

    Award winners are selected on the basis of their strong environmental
leadership and their firm commitment to promote green shipping standards.
Transport Canada also supports industry efforts through its ecoFREIGHT
initiatives, which are aimed at reducing the environmental and health impacts
of freight transportation.




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991-0700; Robin Browne, Communications, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613)
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