June 4, 2022
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How can shipping companies help eliminate harmful greenhouse gases?

DHX-Dependable Hawaiian Express has invested heavily in solar technology to help power facilities

Virtually every industry in every country of the world continues to contribute directly or indirectly to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the production and consumption of goods and services. The transportation industry is no exception.

According to the EPA, there are three overarching ways the transportation industry can help lower the impact to the climate:

  1. Technology. Increase the efficiency of vehicle technology.
  2. Activity. Change how goods are transported.
  3. Fuel. Use lower-carbon fuels.
Read the EPA article for in-depth detail on how transportation can accomplish net-zero emissions goals.

At DHX-Dependable Hawaiian Express, early on we adopted a myriad of green practices. We firmly believe it’s our responsibility to help ensure future populations have clean air, water, materials and resources.

Our commitment to supporting environmental, social and organizational sustainability is evident across our company. It’s written in our employee manuals, on our walls and our website. It’s witnessed in our offices, warehouses, among all employee practices, and verified by many third-party environmental audit companies

Highlights of our ongoing Green investment:

    DHX-Dependable Hawaiian Express skylights across all warehouses
  • Solar systems to help power our facilities
  • Skylights to replace artificial light and lower-energy lighting across our operations
  • Electric car charging stations for employees
  • Tight monitoring of logistics to combat empty runs
  • Green practices and electronic technology to maximize utilization per container, ultimately reducing the number of trucks on the road
  • Rigorous Sustainability training for drivers including how to reduce idling and highway top speeds, improve driving techniques, maintain correct tire pressure, among other practices.

If you’re in the transportation industry, we assume you’ve also taken major sustainability strides to help the world achieve it’s lofty net-zero emission goals. Regardless of where you are on the Going Green spectrum, here’s a detailed list of some of our Green achievements for inspiration:

  • We have purchased carbon offsets in sufficient quantity to operate our warehouses in Honolulu, Maui, Guam, Kona, Seattle and Los Angeles (Rancho Dominguez) on a carbon neutral basis for 2022. See our Carbon Neutral Certificates.
  • Our corporate headquarters, Maui and Guam facilities are totally solar sufficient, drawing no or minimal additional energy from the electric grids.
  • We have 2% sky lights at various facilities to use more natural lighting.
  • We meet the California Air Resources Board’s “sparklist” requirements.
  • We are working to estimate our carbon footprint for all our trucking operations and are taking steps to reduce our carbon emissions. See our GreenWay Miles Certified Carrier Audit.
  • We are an active partner with Smartway, a U.S. Government EPA partnership with truckers, to improve our use of fuel and oil efficiency, and reduce our emissions. See our SmartWay Certificates.
  • In our LA headquarters, we have installed 10 charging stations for employees to use for charging electric vehicles.
  • We have installed lower-energy usage models for lighting, converted our Corporate Headquarters and Honolulu terminal lights to LED and use timers in both terminals to increase the energy effectiveness of our HVAC and lighting systems.
  • We recycle paper in our LA Corporate headquarters, our San Leandro facility and our Seattle facility. In LA we also separate and recycle wood, plastic, metal and cardboard.
  • We replaced our networking and computer server infrastructure after 2010, dropping energy consumption by 33% - 38%.
  • Our Hawaii and Guam computer system is designed to allow our employees and customers to be virtually paperless.
  • Recently we were named by Inbound Logistics as a Green Supply Chain Partner. As one of the 75 leading companies being profiled, we are regarded for truly “walking the walk” when it comes to commitment to supply chain sustainability and a partner you can turn to when seeking green supply chain management and logistics.

If you’re interested in going with a progressive Green transportation partner, contact one of our experts today. We provide Full Container Load (FCL) and Less Than Container Load (LCL) services from three West Coast ports: Long Beach, Oakland and the Tacoma WA. We also provide international shipping via our sister company, DGX-Dependable Global Express.

If you have questions about moving cargo to or from Hawaii, Alaska, or Guam, contact us today at 800.488.4888. See all of our domestic and international transportation destinations.

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