Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) is extending its commitment to a more sustainable supply chain by becoming one of the first large shippers to convert a significant percentage of its for-hire truck loads to natural gas. Beginning in July 2013, P&G will work with eight transportation carriers to convert up to 20 percent of its North America truck load shipments to natural gas vehicles within two years. By meeting this goal, it is expected P&G will incur savings for the converted lanes and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by nearly 5,000 metric tons (or the equivalent GHG emissions from 1,000 passenger vehicles for a year).
P&G’s commitment to the carriers will convert approximately seven percent of the company’s North America for-hire transportation network to natural gas powered trucks during the initial phase. This will be delivered in 16 states with an average length of haul over 280 miles, including two 1,000 mile truck lanes. Some brands to now be delivered by natural gas powered trucks include Bounty ®, Ivory ®, Charmin ®, Dawn ®, Gain ®, Downy ®, and Tide ®.
The use of for-hire transportation carriers for natural gas in the market will enable P&G to use them on routes far longer than is the average in the dedicated fleet model, while supporting the growth of public natural gas refueling stations. High capital costs of vehicles and limited fueling stations are often barriers to growth for the natural gas industry, and P&G’s commitment helps to remove the obstacles to the resource becoming mainstream for large scale shipments.
“P&G is investing in carriers with a commitment to natural gas vehicles to help boost the emerging natural gas industry, while continuing to seek more sustainable options for our supply chain and operations,” said Yannis Skoufalos, Global Product Supply Officer for P&G. “Natural gas powered trucks are a cleaner way for us to deliver the superior products our customers love to the communities we support.”