OTA member carrier Manitoulin Transport is said to be the first trucking company in Canada to be recognized by The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for becoming more environmentally friendly.
The ISO is an independent, non-governmental body that provides certification to companies that reach certain standards to maintain quality, safety and efficiency for products, services and systems.
Jeff Smith, executive vice-president of the Gore Bay, Ont. carrier told media it took two years to satisfy the strict guidelines and standards issued by the Geneva-based organization.
The fleet demonstrated fuel savings by investing in aerodynamic devices such as side skirts, anti-idling technology, new smog-free engines etc.. It also meticulously tracked emissions to qualify its fuel per gallon savings.
Smith said more technology to improve fuel economy is likely on the way, including boat tails – once they are approved by the provinces.
“Now we’re looking at all the different ways we can reduce our impacts now that we have our certification and really try to drive improvements through the organization,” he said.
The company is also looking at getting certification from the international organization for food handling to make sure items are transported safely without contamination or spoiling.