CleanFuture’s John Thornton to speak on “The Case for Freight Sustainability in Communities”

CleanFuture founder, John Thornton, will speak on “The Case for Freight Sustainability in Communities” at the Green Transportation Summit & Expo on April 11, 2017:

 

The Case for Freight Sustainability in Communities

Efficient goods movement is essential to establishing and sustaining economically viable communities. Yet local and regional planners must balance economic goals with livability and environmental concerns related to freight transportation in residential communities. This session will present innovative strategies for creating accessible freight networks that meet the needs of the communities of the future. Panelists will discuss solutions and best practices for addressing freight impacts at the local, state and regional levels.

 

Moderator:

Tracie Jackson-Hall – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, SmartWay

 

Panelists:

Robert Hillier- Freight Planning Coordinator, City of Portland

Jason Brown – North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG)

John Thornton – Principal, CleanFuture, Inc.

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

 

Electrification of Transport Refrigeration for Idle Reduction: Technical Assistance Case Study in EPA Region 10

Substantial diesel fuel is burned by idling diesel engines to cool transport refrigeration units on trucks and trailers to keep temperature-controlled cargo at proper temperature while parked at distribution centers, cold storage warehouses, freight terminals and other goods movement facilities. Technical assistance was provided to reduce costs associated with idling and diesel fuel use in parked transport refrigeration units (TRUs).

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Water Flow Diagram Measures Water Efficiency at Industrial Plants

Water efficiency can be measured at industrial plants with a water flow diagram or water balance to show sources and use of water. Water is a ubiquitous resource yet one of the most important substances on earth.  All plants and animals must have water to survive. Without water there would be no life on earth.

Water is of strategic importance to the food industry; necessary in agriculture to grow crops to produce food and as an ingredient in making food products.

Water use is often overlooked as an input cost to be managed because of water’s ubiquity and relatively low cost. Read more

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CleanFuture’s John Thornton to speak on “Ways to Drive Costs Out of Your Transportation Business”

CleanFuture founder, John Thornton, will speak on “Ways to Drive Costs Out of your Transportation Business” at the IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference, October 16th to 19th in Tampa, Florida.

The formula for driving out transportation costs seems simple: less hours consumed by a refrigerated trailer unit leads to less fuel burned, which in turn lowers maintenance costs and reduces a distributor’s carbon footprint. And all of this equals greater bottom-line profits. But what does it take to get there?

Led by an independent foodservice distributor who has realized great cost savings and an energy solutions provider who has a passion for electric transportation alternatives, attend this session to learn what distributors can implement in their fleets and in the warehouse to produce a positive impact on their bottom line.

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
• List energy improvement solutions that can be applied throughout a distributor’s operation.
• Discuss how electric standby reefer units reduce fuel consumption;
• Compare and contrast big spend versus small spend strategies.

Moderator:
Don Durm, Vice President, Customer Solutions, PLM Trailer Leasing

Speaker:
Steve Stidham, Director of Operations, Food Supply Inc
Ed Harmon, Ally Channel Manager, Georgia Power
John Thornton, President, CleanFuture, Inc.

CleanFuture Speaks on Electric Infrastructure at CARB Clean TRU Technologies Webinar

John Thornton speaks on TRU electric infrastructure in California Air Resources Board (CARB) webinar where staff and clean technology manufacturers present clean transport refrigeration unit (TRU) technology options.

See link to the handouts, a video will be posted at a later date.

See below for the agenda:

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Gap Analysis on Electrified Parking Spaces (EPS) and Truck Stop Electrification in the Northeast

A gap analysis on electrified parking spaces (EPS) and truck stop electrification (TSE) was presented at the Northeast Clean Freight Work Group at a meeting about preparing applications for alternative fuel corridors.

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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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CleanFuture’s John Thornton to Speak on Idle Reduction Technologies: How to Lower Your Fuel Consumption and Save Money

CleanFuture principal John Thornton will be delivering a presentation on idle reduction technologies at the Louisiana Alternative Fuels Conference & Expo on April 14, 2016 at the Cajundome Conference Center in Lafayette, Louisiana.