Manitoulin First Canadian Carrier to Get ISO 14001
GORE BAY, ON—Manitoulin Transport is the first Canadian transportation company to receive a compliance certificate for ISO 14001:2004, a developer of voluntary international standards.
Jeff Smith, Manitoulin's executive vice-president commented: “We feel morally compelled to reduce our CO2 emissions and our overall footprint, given the consequences of climate change that we now regularly experience in Canada and around the world."
This is not the first example of Manitoulin’s environmental conscience. The company also was one of the first to adopt speed limits for all its trucks and to use super single tires.
Manitoulin uses recycled water to wash its trucks, retrofits rigs with aerodynamic kit such as roof fairings, trailer skirts and cab extenders and has invested in long-combination vehicles to carry more per trip. Put together, all of that means reduced emissions.
Smith said Manitoulin challenges itself to find new ways to address environmental concerns relating to business and equipment.
"Becoming ISO 14001 certified is a significant accomplishment for management and staff. It was a long and rigorous process, which called for deep commitment to the cause. It wasn't easy getting there, but it was all worth it."
Manitoulin spent two years preparing for the certification, which serves as proof that the company is measuring and improving emissions.