Program allows cold-storage warehouses to track and improve efficiency, with best performers receiving awards.
The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) has started an “Energy Excellence Recognition Program” designed to recognize warehouse facilities that improve their energy efficiency.
The fee-based program allows participants to use interactive tools to track efficiency at each of their facilities, as well as receive progress reports with recommended next steps and links to resources.
The program is designed to help facilities to “identify and change energy consumption behaviors, improve energy efficiency and promote their efforts to current and potential customers,” the group added.
“We are excited to launch the Energy Excellence Recognition Program to recognize the work our members are doing to drive energy excellence in the cold chain,” said Corey Rosenbusch, president & CEO, GCCA. “The program can also help warehouse organizations better partner with their customers on sustainability initiatives while creating greater efficiencies that may generate cost-savings for their facility.”
Using qualitative and quantitative assessment tools, the program allows a location to establish a baseline year with records, and then track performance over time “to identify challenges and opportunities for improvement,” said GCCA.
Top performers will receive recognition (Gold, Silver and Bronze levels) based on their improvements in energy efficiency.
“The program can ... help warehouse organizations better partner with their customers on sustainability initiatives while creating greater efficiencies that may generate cost-savings for their facility.”
– Corey Rosenbusch, GCCA
The program was designed and developed by a task force of warehouse operators whose companies are members in the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) – a GCCA Core Partner – over the past two years.
Members of the task force were allowed to be ‘Early Program Adopters’ of the program and over 61 facilities have already enrolled including facilities run by Americold Logistics, Congebec Logistics and Hanson Logistics.
“It was a pleasure to assemble a multi-national team of industry leaders, specifically Congebec and Hanson Logistics, to craft a sustainable industry strategy to be adopted by all members globally,” said David Stuver, member of the Energy Excellence Task Force and senior vice president of distribution support and continuous improvement, Americold Logistics.
The GCCA Energy Excellence Recognition Program is open to all companies operating a temperature-controlled space. More details are available here.