Washington businesses have been leading the way in carbon dioxide reduction for years, and it’s resulted in significant changes to the state’s Greenhouse Gas emissions profile. Washington emits less carbon dioxide today than it did in 1990, a key goal outlined in state law. This progress has come about through thousands of employers and Washington families changing their behavior to reduce energy use. A typical example is Inland Empire Distribution Systems Inc. (IEDS), which has provided public and contract warehousing services to the Pacific Northwest since its establishment in 1983.
IEDS is a privately operated third party logistics (3PL) service provider with operations in Spokane and Pasco. The company focuses on four market sectors: industrial, forestry, chemical, and consumer products. IEDS is also the premier railroad transloader with BNSF and Union Pacific Railroads. It offers other services including vendor managed inventory programs, packaging, foreign trade zone, and transportation and freight management. In short, they keep the economy going by keeping products moving.
IEDS is a leader in improving Washington’s environment. The organization has accomplished this by cutting its energy use and carbon emissions, reducing fuel use, and expanding recycling programs. It has implemented revolutionary business practices that are sustainable and energy efficient.
In January 2015, IEDS installed electronic on-board recording devices in their trucks. This allows the company to track real-time drive and vehicle performance information to optimize delivery routes and reduce overall fuel usage. In the first two months after the installation, the company reduced engine idle time by 40 percent and increased mileage per gallon by 8 percent. This move will decrease fuel use by 3,780 gallons. With the overwhelming majority of carbon emissions coming from the transportation sector, this kind of progress makes an impact.
The Washington Climate Collaborative is committed to identifying, developing, and deploying solutions to protect our environment for generations to come. The leadership shown by companies like IEDS is the type of thing that will help us achieve our state carbon emission goals.