From Truck to Train: Our Environmental Impact

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Last Updated: Last updated Feb 28, 2023

Earlier this year we announced an expansion to our operations that will include the installation of new corrugator equipment. Construction has already started and includes a new railway spur line that allows us to receive our raw material in the form of massive paper rolls instead of corrugated sheets. A single delivery of seven rail cars will replace approximately 48 truck loads of sheets, which produces big savings on fuel and carbon emissions.

Saves over 150,000GL
of diesel fuel
Eliminates 1MM miles of
truck traffic per year
Increase fuel efficiency by 67%
Reduce diesel consumption by 92%

Increasing Efficiency as We Grow Our Business

Coastal Container committed to setting five-year measurable environmental impact goals and making yearly progress towards those goals. Each year, we conduct energy usage and carbon footprint audits based on industry best practices.

Our 2021/2022 Energy Usage

2022 saw overall increases in production and the decommissioning of an aging, on-site boiler previously used for heat. Both of these factors led to increases in overall energy usage and subsequently carbon emissions.

2021 & 2022 energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions graphs

Our Environmental Sustainability Goals

Based on the data above, we have set three additional measurement goals for the coming years:

  • Set an emissions reduction target and register with the Science-Based Targets Initiative by 2025.
  • Evaluate scope 3 emissions — those emissions that occur downstream and upstream in Coastal Container’s value chain.
  • Disclose emissions data publicly to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) starting in 2023 to increase transparency with our stakeholders.

Learn more about our sustainability improvements and future initiative in our 2022 Sustainability Report.

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Attending the 2023 Michigan Sustainability Conference

Attending the 2023 Michigan Sustainability Conference

Nathan Hoekstra, Coastal Container’s general manager, traveled to the Treetops Resort in Gaylord, MI to attend the 2023 Michigan Sustainability Conference from Oct. 24-25, 2023. The event, hosted by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy...

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