Environmental Stewardship

 

 

SmartWay Partner Accreditation

Redwood has been a member of SmartWay® Transport Partnership since 2011. We are proud to continue contributing to the Partnership’s savings of 279.7 million barrels of oil, $37.5 billion in fuel costs and 134 million tons of air pollutants. This is the equivalent of the annual electricity use in 18.2 million homes. By joining SmartWay Transport Partnership, Redwood demonstrates its strong environmental leadership and corporate responsibility. Each year, our asset division F/X, moves the needle on equipment optimization, reducing idle time, and decreasing fuel waste.  

 

Empty Mile Reduction

Redwood’s key contribution to driving a positive environmental impact comes from the elimination of carbon emissions as a result of empty miles. Our teams are making progress in reducing carbon emissions by enhancing the ability to connect shipments more effectively and reducing empty miles, optimizing, consolidating and accurately determining the best mode and shipping location.

Strategic Partnerships with Socially Conscious Companies

In recent years a rising number of multinational corporations have pledged to work only with suppliers that adhere to social and environmental standards. The aim is to create a cascade of sustainable practices that flows smoothly throughout the supply chain. This translates into the types of partnerships we choose. Aligned with our mission to reduce waste, Redwood has also created strategic partnerships with companies that pursue excellence in sustainability supply chain. Through our newly designed Redwood Sustainability Curve, we work with companies to reduce their carbon footprint by increasing the efficiency of their respective supply chains. 

 

LTL Consolidation & Distribution Design

We also consolidate LTL into full TL and work with customers’ overall network design to further reduce the carbon footprint produced in moving the freight. Here is an example of the work we performed for a large beverage company, that was frequently manufacturing and shipping their product from far flung sites. With Redwood’s help, the customer made the decision to open a manufacturing center in a new geography to serve a much shorter distance to market set of customers. Doing this is projected to reduce their CO2 footprint by 1.6M tons.

 

Serverless Infrastructure

Redwood’s investment in RedwoodConnect is built almost exclusively on Serverless Infrastructure with Open Source model in mind.  Rather than spinning up more computers, we use the excess dormant capacity inside AWS data centers, enabling control over capacity and by extension, energy consumption. Additionally, in 2020 we decommissioned physical servers as part of the datacenter consolidation project.

 

Mode Conversion

Any time we are using Intermodal there is a clear and quantifiable impact on reducing CO2 emissions. In 2020, we converted 2,855 truckload shipments to intermodal shipments, moving 115,000,000 pounds of goods across the US and reduced carbon emissions by an estimated 16M pounds.