Fuel Management


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Fuel Management

  1. 1. COMPANY FACTS• Privately held, family-owned corporation• Headquartered in Des Moines, IA• 233 locations nationwide• 4,670 employees• 3,625 company drivers• Operate 3,156 power units• Operate 5,945 trailers• Primary service offerings • Dedicated Contract Carriage • Integrated Solutions
  2. 2. RUAN’S EXTENSIVE NETWORK With locations and partners coast-to-coast, Ruan’s reach is broad. • 233 locations nationwide 33
  3. 3. RUAN – FAIR OAKS PARTNERSHIP • Fair Oaks Farms, one the most recognized dairies in the world, selected Ruan Transportation Management Systems to haul its milk and manage its compressed natural gas (CNG) fleet in Fair Oaks, Indiana • While CNG and liquid natural gas (LNG) have been used to fuel large fleets of smaller vehicles such as buses or waste collection trucks, no other project has demonstrated the use of renewable CNG for a fleet with an 80,000 pound hauling capacity and a range of almost 650 miles4
  4. 4. WHAT IS CNG? • CNG is naturally odorless, colorless and tasteless • It is stored in high-pressure fuel cylinders at 3,000 to 3,600 pounds per square inch • The gas costs 15 to 40 percent less than gasoline or diesel. It does require more frequent fueling • CNG is non-toxic and burns more cleanly than gasoline, which means the oil does not have to be changed as often5
  5. 5. THE CNG PROCESS • Waste is collected from 32,000 Fair Oaks cows • In a process called anaerobic digestion, microorganisms feed on manure from 32,000 Fair Oaks cows and excrete methane • Fair Oaks Farms traps and processes the methane with its on-dairy methane digester that processes the dairies’ cattle manure into CNG • The methane gas is piped directly to a fueling station in Fair Oaks, Indiana, for compression and distribution6
  6. 6. RUAN – FAIR OAKS PARTNERSHIP SCOPE • Ruan began hauling Fair Oaks milk on CNG powered trucks in August 2011 • The fleet, operated by Ruan, includes 110 professional drivers and 42 milk hauling tractors powered by renewable CNG • Ruan professional drivers are trained in milk handling and milk sample testing along with CNG fueling • Ruan professional drivers fuel in the Fair Oaks fueling location and in another CNG station in Southern Indiana, providing all the fuel in the delivery network8
  7. 7. CNG BENEFITS • The CNG trucks replace diesel-powered models and the fuel displaces 1.5 million gallons of diesel annual • CNG emissions are 60% lower than diesel • Displacing more than 1.5 million gallons of diesel per year significantly reduces both direct emissions and the traditional carbon footprint of energy production • Fair Oaks Farms/Ruan were able to secure federal and state grants to help fund the CNG project9
  8. 8. ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITYRuan strives to continuously examine our processes to ensure that we minimize ourimpact on the environment while achieving efficiency, responsiveness and cost savingsfor our customers. • Ruan’s environmental program provides guidelines and measures for: • Reducing fuel consumption • Reducing or eliminating materials for disposal • Preventing pollution • Effectively addressing unauthorized releases • Ruan is an official SmartWay Partner • Ruan received the highest score in its application review • Ruan is also a part of the Carrier and Shipper Stakeholder leadership group • Ruan has partnered with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy • Ruan co-chairs the organizations Environmentally Sustainable Methods for Achieving Responsible Transportation (E-SMART) project • E-SMART is developing dairy-specific transportation guidelines to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 165,000 metric tons annually, potentially saving 16.5 million gallons of diesel10
  9. 9. ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES• Fuel alternatives • CNG (compressed natural gas) fleet servicing an Indiana dairy client is the largest in the nation • Biodiesel emissions reduced by 86% compared to petroleum diesel• Equipment • Auxiliary power unit (APU) usage reduces engine idle time • Lighter weight equipment and aerodynamics improve fuel consumption • Collaboration with engine manufacturers to develop lower-emitting and longer-lasting engines • Low-viscosity lubricants• Driver training • Reducing highway speeds • SMITH System training reduces maintenance and improves safety• Coordination with national spill response partners• Consumption footprint • 99% reduction in paper to communicate among our corporate and field offices since 2007 • Use of low-environmental impact solvents and materials • LEED-certified buildings • RedTrak paperless technology11