Driving Down Refrigerated Transport Cost with Shore Power Electric Standby

Register here for a workshop on January 9 at Northwest Food & Beverage World 2017.

Refrigerated transport is being electrified – for operating cost reductions and in preparation for future compliance reasons. Learn how to reduce refrigerated transport operating costs by 40 to 70% by eliminating wasteful diesel fuel burn in parked units with low cost electricity. Hear from industry experts on best practices and technologies to operate refrigerated trailers on electric grid-powered temperature-control instead of using diesel fuel while parked at food manufacturing plants, loading docks, yard parking and staging areas at distribution centers, and at refrigerated warehouses.

Speakers:

  • Jeff Kim, President and CEO, Shorepower Technologies
  • John Thornton, Principal Consultant, CleanFuture, Inc.
  • Kevin Williams, Region Director – West, Carrier Transicold

 

 

The Time is Now: Complying with Sanitary Transportation of Food and FSMA

Register here for a workshop on January 9 at Northwest Food & Beverage World 2017.

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) gives FDA broad new powers to regulate the safety of the food supply. In particular, FDA’s Sanitary Transportation of Food (STF) Rule places significant new mandates on the shippers and food processors to satisfy comprehensive new standards relating to the transportation of food products. FDA’s STF final rule will require those who transport food to use sanitary transportation practices to ensure the safety of food to include training, records keeping, conditions and practices for transporting food in sanitary condition. How will the STF Act impact your business as part of the Cold Supply Chain? Join us in a discussion on how the upcoming FSMA regulations will impact your refrigerated fleet and what you should be doing now to prepare today to ensure compliance in this new regulatory environment.

Speakers:

  • Don Durm, Vice President, Customer Solutions, PLM Trailer Leasing
  • Leonard (Bud) Rodowick, Manager Strategic Relations- Food Safety & OEMs at Thermo King Corporation

 

Transport Refrigeration in California Sustainable Freight Action Plan

Transport refrigeration is identified in the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan in accordance with an executive order providing a vision for California’s transition to a more efficient, more economically competitive, and less polluting freight transport system.

According to the document “The Action Plan is the beginning of a process, and signals State government’s interest in collaborating with stakeholders on defining the actions necessary to make the vision for a sustainable freight transport system a reality.”

Citations related to transport refrigeration are excerpted below:

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CARB Workshop on Reducing Stationary TRU Emissions

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) scheduled the first in a series of public workshops to discuss proposed regulatory concepts to limit emissions from transport refrigeration units (TRUs) operating in California.

CARB is requesting stakeholder comment on reducing emissions from stationary TRU operations. The agenda for the public workshop to launch development of California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) air pollution control measure on stationary operating time limits for transport refrigeration units is posted here.

The basic concept is to reduce the amount of stationary run time of time TRUs operate in a stationary mode while powered by internal combustion engines on fossil fuel at certain California locations.

The regulation in development is described in California Air Resources Board (CARB) Sustainable Freight: Pathways to Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Discussion Draft document. The proposed allowable operating time limit for TRUs would decrease over three phases:

  • Phase I: 24 hours, effective January 1, 2020
  • Phase II: 1 hour, effective January 1, 2022
  • Phase III: 5 minutes, effective January 1, 2025

The workshop is on April 13 at 10 am Pacific time. The workshop will be webcast and questions/comments will be accepted by email during the webcast.

Further information the workshop and pending rule-making activities are posted on CARB’s Cold Storage Control Measure for TRUs Website.  .

Reducing Refrigerated Transport Cost with Shore Power Electric Standby

Reefer fleets across the country are electrifying. Learn how to reduce refrigerated transport operating costs by 40 to 70% by eliminating wasteful diesel fuel burn while stationary. Hear from industry experts on best practices and technologies to operate refrigerated trailers and trucks on electric grid-powered temperature control instead of using diesel fuel while parked at loading docks, yard parking, and staging areas at distribution centers, refrigerated warehouses, and food manufacturing plants.

Moderator:

John Thornton, Energy Advisor, Northwest Food Processors Association / Principal, CleanFuture, Inc.

Panelists:

Alan Bates, Vice President, Shorepower Technologies

Kevin Downing, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

John Thornton, Principal Consultant, CleanFuture, Inc.

Kevin Williams, Region Director – West, Carrier Transicold

Register here for a workshop on January 11, 2016 at the Northwest Food & Beverage Manufacturers EXPO & Conference.

Refrigerated Transportation Best Practices

Experts Bud Rodowick, Don Durm, and Dr. Patrick Brecht will be discussing the highly anticipated International Refrigerated Transportation Association Guide to Refrigerated Transportation. The speakers will address compliance proposals from multiple Food Safety Modernization Act rules that require further clarification of their definition to determine what specifically needs to be identified as a “Best Practice” procedure for each of them. Join this session to discuss the evolution of these processes, and have your questions about how compliance requirements will affect all responsible entities answered.

Presenters:
Dr. Patrick Brecht, President, PEB Commodities
Bud Rodowick, Strategic Relations – Food Safety and OEMs, Thermo King
Donald Durm, Director of Strategic Customer Solutions, PLM Trailer Leasing

Register here for a workshop on January 11, 2016 at the Northwest Food & Beverage Manufacturers EXPO & Conference.

TRU Regulatory Concepts Identified in CARB Sustainable Freight: Pathways to Zero and Near-Zero Emissions

Proposed new rules for transport refrigeration units (TRUs) are described in the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Sustainable Freight: Pathways to Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Discussion Draft document:

 

Appendix D:

B. Zero Emission Requirements
5. Transport Refrigeration Units

Action Description: Develop and propose a regulatory requirement to prohibit the use of fossil-fueled transport refrigeration units for cold storage in phases, with incentive support for infrastructure.

ARB Action: 2016

ARB Implementation: 2020+

Type of Action: ARB Regulation and Incentive

Overview: Transport refrigeration units are refrigeration systems that are powered by integral internal combustion engines designed to control the environment of temperature-sensitive products that are transported in trucks, trailers, railcars and shipping containers. They may be capable of cooling or heating. Products include, but are not limited to food, pharmaceuticals, plants, medicines, blood, chemicals, photographic film, art work, satellites, and explosives. This regulation would address several transport refrigeration unit uses that result in excessive criteria pollutant and GHG emissions, such as:

  • Use of transport refrigeration unit-equipped trailers at distribution centers and retail delivery points (e.g. grocery stores) for cold storage during the weeks before holidays and major events (e.g. Super Bowl) when the facility runs out of cold storage space.
  • Operation of transport refrigeration units in distribution centers yards and outside the distribution centers gates while waiting for an available loading dock space, for manpower to be available to unload goods, or for dispatch or driver pick-up. Such operations can go on for several days (e.g. load up on Friday for dispatch on Monday).

The initial concepts of the proposed regulation would limit the amount of time that a transport refrigeration system powered by a fossil-fueled internal combustion engine can operate at any facility. The time limit decreases over time.

  • Phase I: 24 hours, effective January 1, 2020
  • Phase II: 1 hours, effective January 1, 2022
  • Phase III: 5 minutes, effective January 1, 2025

Use of zero emission all-electric plug-in transport refrigeration systems, hydrogen fuel cell transport refrigeration, and cryogenic transport refrigeration would be encouraged, as well as adequately-sized cold storage facilities, and more efficient appointment scheduling.

Applicable compliance includes plugging in hybrid-electric TRUs, electric standby TRUs, all-electric refrigerated trailers, and shipping containers into shore power with grid-supplied electricity instead of conventional diesel engine-powered TRUs while parked.