The transportation industry is putting more energy into reducing its carbon footprint and we are doing our utmost to support this initiative

According to the EPA, “Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.”

Intermodal is the more fuel-efficient shipping method

Fastfrate is primarily an intermodal provider to Western Canada and conservatively over 60% of our tonnage moves by rail. According to scientific studies, rail is roughly 4 times more efficient than road in the overall consumption of fuel. Trucking is making headway though and wherever we can, we implement the technologies and policies to reduce our emissions including:

  • No idle policies
  • Governors to reduce highway speed
  • Driver training to improve mileage
  • Automatic transmissions
  • Late model equipment that is more energy efficient
  • Super single tires
  • Trailer side skirts on longer runs (typically 500 miles or more)
  • Long combination vehicles and alternative fuels are being tested by several of our partner carriers

Sustainability is a nationwide program at Fastfrate

We have taken our initiatives across the country and with the operation of our facilities too. We utilize low energy lighting in our warehouses, incorporate company-wide recycling programs and listen to the ideas of our team members in order to reduce our energy consumption.

The more efficiently we run, the better utilization of our equipment we achieve, the more we can communicate online and reduce use of traditional invoicing and documents… the more we can reduce your transportation spend and lower energy use.

Working closely with our intermodal and trucking customers

We hope to become so integrated and knowledgeable about our customers’ supply chain that we can offer suggestions on everything from packaging to pallet control in our effort to make our "simplified shipping" promise also include sustainable practices that benefit future generations.