Managing Our Distribution
Moving our products around the globe requires an efficient and accurate global supply chain operations organization. We aim to deliver orders on time, complete, damage-free and at the lowest possible cost.
A major focus for this team is seeking out the most efficient mode of transportation for our shipments, while optimizing weight per vehicle. By applying manufacturing excellence practices, we have improved our distribution footprint, better managed customer expectations and minimized transportation costs. From 2008 to 2012, we reduced our emissions from transportation by over 80,000 tons of CO2. We achieved these gains through improved weight utilization efforts and transportation mode shifting. This reduction in emissions is the equivalent of avoiding the CO2 produced by 8,000 homes’ energy use for one year.*
To help assess and improve our transportation footprint, International Paper is a partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Partner Program — an innovative program that brings the EPA, the freight industry and its customers together to push for improved fuel efficiency and environmental performance in the supply chain. In 2013, our supply chain operations established membership and gained certification as a shipper under the EPA SmartWay Shipper Program. This has allowed us to better understand our carbon footprint and set a baseline for outbound transportation across our U.S. facilities.
Our outbound shipments in 2012 created approximately 92 grams of CO2 per ton-mile. The data also showed that 70 percent of our total freight expenditures in the United States and 50 percent of our carrier base are already SmartWay-certified.
We are working to further identify opportunities to improve operational efficiencies and reduce GHG emissions.
Looking ahead, International Paper will continue to focus on using different modes of transportation in its outbound transportation modal mix to improve efficiency and GHG emissions. Our use of rail has increased, while our share of truck shipments has decreased significantly. The share of intermodal, which involves the transportation of freight in an intermodal container or vehicle, using multiple modes of transportation without any handling of the freight itself, has steadily increased as well.