At Hansen’s, we are dedicated to green transportation.
We believe going green is more than just reducing idling time and improving fuel efficiency, it’s about exhausting all avenues to achieve environmental sustainability. Here are 10 ways we are going green.
Purchasing New Equipment
Hansen’s has invested in greener engines. While these engines are more expensive to service, they allow us to use low sulphur fuel that will enable the advanced pollution controls to remove more than 90% of the fine particles.
We regularly service our fleet to maintain the reliability of our equipment and the efficiency of our engines. Regular engine tune-ups are performed to ensure maximum performance as well as cleaner fluids and filters, which result in cleaner exhaust. The average age of the Hansen’s Fleet is 3.5 years.
Tires and Tire Pressure
Hansen’s has set its tire pressure at 110kpa to maximize our fuel mileage, reduce tire wear, reduce costs and improve safety for the driver. Our drivers ensure correct pressure during pre and post trip inspections.
Electronic Log Books
Our electronic log books allows for accurate driver compliance ensuring we remain infraction free (DOT, CVOR) and saves an average of 20 minutes a day, meaning the trucks do not run as long.
Our speed limiter is set to a top speed of 105 km/h in Ontario and Quebec and 107km/h in the West. These settings provide a major environmental benefit conserving fuel and helping us track fuel consumption for each unit allowing us to better manage our fleet.
Hansen’s has a strict idle policy that encompasses initial warm up times that are not to exceed 10 minutes. As well, the engine must be turned off after 5 minutes when we are loading or unloading units. At the end of a shift our trucks will idle no longer than a minute to satisfy the necessary cool down requirements.
Hansen’s state-of-the-art computerized operating system provides increased efficiency in all of our departments including: Dispatch, Accounting, EDI and Maintenance.
Our wireless, handheld computers eliminate most of the current paper currently used for delivery receipts, load sheets and inspections.
In-Cab Heaters and Engine Heaters
Excessive idling is eliminated when drivers are sleeping with in-cab heaters which draw low amounts of power, significantly reducing fuel consumption.
Environmentally Friendly Fluids
We have switched the lubricating oils used on equipment posts and sliders on our trucks from a petroleum based oil to environmentally friendly Canola oil. We are currently investigating which hydraulic fluids will best suit our needs as these types of fluids are considered even more environmentally friendly.