Environmentally Friendly Refrigerated Containers
The Royal Gulf Shipping & Logistics LLC fleet of owned and leased refrigerated containers today exceed 200,000.
Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other man-made chemicals used in refrigerants, have been blamed for the deterioration of the Earth?s protective ozone layer and contribution to global warming if leaked into the atmosphere.
To eliminate emissions of ozone depleting substances, Royal Gulf Shipping & Logistics LLC ended the use of CFC refrigerants in 1993 and now operate only non-ozone depleting refrigerants. To reduce environmental impacts from refrigerants further, we follow the development of alternative types of refrigerants very closely and, in partnership with our cooling system suppliers, we are constantly looking for even more environmentally friendly alternatives to substitute existing products.
In addition, we use a CO2 emission friendly software with focus on maintaining a constant cargo temperature in our reefers. The software is called QUEST and stands for Quality and Energy efficiency in Storage and Transport of agro-materials. QUEST is by default “ON” on all our refrigerated shipments. A QUEST enabled reefer with chilled cargo will on average have a reduced CO2 emission of 30 kg / day.
We continuously work to develop container flooring using sustainable woods and alternative materials, including recycled plastic. We also purchase floorboards made of bamboo, a quick-growing grass that can be harvested every three to four years. So far, more than 10,000 containers have been produced by Royal Gulf Shipping & Logistics LLC Container Industry for Royal Gulf Shipping & Logistics LLC with bamboo flooring. Next year, an additional 15,000 containers with bamboo flooring are planned. In addition, we have initiated a promising trial with flooring made of waste wood from Russian larch and birch, used for furniture production, both of which are readily available and plentiful.
Since November 2010 we have only procured containers with sustainable flooring and we continuously work to develop new sustainable floor types by testing alternative materials, such as recycled plastic. The floorboards we currently purchase are made of bamboo, a quick-growing grass that can be harvested every three to four years and FSC certified wood. We now have a total of more than 550,000 20 foot equivalent containers with floors made of recycled plastic, bamboo, birch, larch or FSC certified wood.