YRC Worldwide debuts Green Balance Calculator

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Updated Feb 18, 2010

YRC Worldwide Inc. launched its new Green Balance Calculator. Developed in partnership with Sustainable Travel International (STI), the calculator is an optional tool customers can use to help offset emissions associated with their shipments via certified carbon offset projects.

“The YRC Worldwide Green Balance Calculator is another example of our commitment to sustainable business practices,” says Mike Kelley, chief sustainability officer of YRC Worldwide, based in Overland Park, Kan. “We are dedicated to effectively and aggressively promoting greenhouse gas reduction, waste reduction and conservation across our daily operations to reduce our carbon footprint.”

The Green Balance Calculator evaluates eight transportation activities that produce or influence carbon emissions, including fuel, rail miles, air miles, electricity, hotel nights, employee commuting, rental car miles and employee reimbursed miles. The company says its network provides “carpooling” for shipments, creating greater load density and reducing unnecessary emissions. Instead of idling trucks overnight, YRC Worldwide provides hotel lodging for drivers, eliminating excessive engine idling and the emissions it generates. The company also places speed restrictions on its engines so that its equipment is optimized for fuel efficiency and emissions reduction.

Use of the Green Balance Calculator at www.yrcw.com/green/green_balance.html is available with a tax-deductible charitable donation to a carbon offset project portfolio through STI. Contributions support clean energy, energy efficiency and forestry projects, while supporting environmental sustainability and helping to offset CO2 emissions. Customers have a variety of carbon offset options to choose from, all of which are certified by internationally recognized standards such as the Gold Standard through STI and its partners.