We’re committed to the environment’s well-being
USCS is committed to using eco-friendly refrigeration technology. We’ll build modern facilities with industry-leading safeguards for the environment. And we’ll continue to responsibly manage resources to meet the evolving requirements of the communities we serve – our customers, our employees and our industry.
Carbon FootPrint Monitoring and Reduction
USCS voluntarily participates in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a global effort to collect and report on corporate climate change information and strategies. We benchmark our yearly performance to drive future improvements.
Our overall sustainability goal is to be ‘Best in Class’ and achieve a 1.5 percent year over year reduction in energy usage. It’s working. We’ve reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions every year since 2005.
Alternative Energy Sources
USCS is constantly on the lookout for products that produce ‘clean’ energy. We found a great one. In September 2008, we installed our first solar array at our Tulare, California warehouse. The Tulare Solar Array offsets 14% of the facility’s annual electricity requirements – energy that would otherwise come from traditional electricity sources with higher emissions.
The program’s success is generating more investment in solar arrays over the next 5 years.
USCS is also actively studying wind energy and stationary fuel cell power plants. Both produce the clean energy our environment deserves.
Improving Energy Efficiency
Refrigeration and warehouse use 90% of the electricity for our warehouses. We’re reducing this figure by retrofitting existing warehouses and building new facilities with energy-efficient, advanced technology features. These include:
- CO2 Cascade refrigeration systems
- Bi-level fluorescent and Pulse Start HID Lighting
- Variable Frequency Drives on evaporators and condensers
- High efficiency motor s and electronic starters
- High efficiency evaporator and condenser design
- Highly-reflective white roof membranes
- High speed bi-parting freezer doors
- Energy optimized refrigeration control systems
- High frequency battery chargers
- Continuous Pit Dock Door Design
- LED lighting in docks & freezers
Recycling and Waste Reduction
In 2008, USCS mandated the conversion to recyclable synthetic refrigeration oil. In 2009, we began a partnership with Environmental Waste Solutions to measure waste generation, identify and employ new recycling sources and methods, and introduce new disposal and recycling technologies.
In 2006, USCS established a historical baseline for water use and waste water generation. We’re benchmarking its progress, and targeting a 1.5 percent reduction per year.
“We have reduced our emissions every year since 2007, and we will continue to do so every year” –Dave Harlan, CEO
We use some of the most cutting edge technologies available in our warehouses. If you’d like to learn more, please click here.