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Meijer Claims One Of North America's Largest All-Clean Diesel Fleets

GRAND RAPIDS (WWJ) -- The Grand Rapids-based retailer Meijer Inc. Monday announced that it's operating one of the largest all-clean diesel fleets in North America.

As part of its ongoing green initiatives, the retailer said technological advances give its fleet a 60 percent lower carbon footprint since it began implementing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2010 near-zero emissions standards three years ago.

"This is an extremely rewarding achievement that truly speaks to our commitment to the environment," said Rick Keyes, executive vice president of supply chain operations and manufacturing. "Not only are we integrating cutting-edge technology into our business, we're also working under the philosophy that to be a good company, we must be a good neighbor."

The Meijer fleet was the first in North America to implement the federal clean emissions standards that feature near-zero emissions technology, and today the retailer's fleet of 170 semi-trucks meets or exceeds those stringent requirements.

As a result of that commitment, the Meijer fleet accomplished:
* A 47 percent reduction in particulate matter
* A 55 percent reduction in – or 525 U.S. tons of – nitrogen oxide
* A 3 percent reduction in – or 9,300 U.S. tons of – carbon dioxide
* A 5 percent increase in fuel economy, saving 105,570 gallons of fuel each year. In five years, that equals a savings of 527,850 gallons of fuel – or 52,785 barrels of oil.

In fact, it takes 47 of the new 2010 compliant trucks to equal the same emissions as one of the older trucks they replaced, said David Hoover, director of outbound logistics.

Said Hoover: "The impact is tremendous because the Meijer fleet makes deliveries to our stores 26 times each week."

The Meijer fleet includes 170 Freightliner Cascadia trucks that are equipped with new fuel efficient, reduced-emissions engines. They feature selective catalytic reduction technology that treats nitrogen oxides emissions downstream in the exhaust so the engine can be tuned to run more efficiently and economically. SCR technology consists of an after-treatment catalyst system that allows engine exhaust to be treated with a non-hazardous fluid known as diesel exhaust fluid that reduces harmful nitrogen oxides into simple nitrogen and water.

To view a video highlighting the Meijer fleet's achievement in clean technology, visit

Meijer operates 203 stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

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