This year marks a key milestone in PITT OHIO’s sustainability journey. It was 10 years ago in 2011 that PITT OHIO began a journey to make Sustainability a core competency. This initiative built upon competencies in Service, Safety and Security. PITT OHIO sees Sustainability as the way to build an organization that is efficient, employee-centric, community-focused, and purpose-driven.
Over the past decade, PITT OHIO has achieved several breakthroughs in sustainability.
Here are the Top 10 from the last 10 years:
- We built a carbon calculator that measures all of the energy sources PITT OHIO uses
from the trucks to our buildings and even company travel.
- We created a Steering Committee to collaborate on what was happening
in all aspects of the company to make PITT OHIO a more sustainable organization.
- We identified miles per gallon as a key metric and strategized ways to maximize fuel efficiency.
We looked at driver metrics that maximize fuel use. We reviewed preventative maintenance practices. Finally, we invested in equipment, including compressed
natural gas (CNG) powered equipment, smaller trucks, equipment with automatic
transmissions, trailer racks and skirts, and, most recently, electric trucks.
- We partnered with Pittsburgh company WindStaxTM to take energy generated from their vertical wind turbines and solar energy to store and use it in our operations. This locally produced energy is cleaner and more efficient because there’s no loss in transmission from the grid. We even send the excess clean energy that is not used onsite back to the grid. In 2020 we received a patent for innovating the process to store and use of the renewable energy from our microgrid in our buildings. Today we have 10 WindStaxTM wind turbines in our operations.
- We invested in modern and safe buildings that use new technologies, like geothermal heating and cooling to keep employees comfortable while reducing the need for additional energy. Other innovative features found in our buildings include DC-powered LED lighting, state-of-the-art steam cleaning, and electric forklifts that make our docks cleaner and quieter.
- We engaged with our customers to help them achieve their sustainability goals. We can provide estimated Scope 3 emission metrics PITT OHIO shipments through our CO2 Track available to customers on www.pittohio.com.
- We publicly report annually on our Sustainability initiatives in our Annual Sustainability Report every year since 2012.
- We’ve won the Top Workplaces Award multiple times in a number of our regions and continue to measure employee engagement as a key metric.
- The PITT OHIO Wellness Committee has continued to engage employees to support their health, wellness, and safety goals. Financial wellness initiatives, including the Rainy Day Fund, were developed to acknowledge and prevent financial stress with our employees which can impact personal health, as well as on the job safety.
- We’ve given almost $1 million to our partner charities over 9 years through employee payroll deductions, donations, and participation in our charity events. This number does not include the in-kind donations our Operations have provided to several organizations.
The past ten years have been exciting and, although 2020 was challenging in many ways, PITT OHIO saw many new achievements:
RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
PATENT FOR MICROGRID TECHNOLOGY
MILES PER GALLON
We saw a 1.5% improvement in total miles per gallon across the fleet and a 4.8% reduction in diesel gallons. These impressive improvements were the result of additional focus on preventative maintenance on the trucks, as well as improvements in the fleet. Based solely on the improvement in miles per gallon, we estimate over 100,000 gallons of diesel was saved. This is equivalent to almost 1,300 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
NEW CLEVELAND FACILITY
NEW INDIANAPOLIS FACILITY
In 2021, we are working on facility upgrades at several terminals across the network, including lighting upgrades.
GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
Below are the donation totals from 2020. This is a summary of employee contributions and does not include corporate contributions or in-kind donations.
Looking forward to the next 10 years, here is what we are focused on:
- Continue to be a purpose-driven organization while building on the pillars of Service, Safety, Security, and Sustainability.
- Continue to research technological and process-based innovations that add efficiency and transparency.
- Provide employees with information and tools that focus on their health and safety.
- Continuing to work on improving our miles per gallon even further. Work with manufacturers to test and implement electric trucks, especially where we can utilize energy from our direct current, renewable energy-powered microgrid.
- New, more accurate carbon estimates for customers based on the freight’s actual movement in our system.