Sustainability Plan

Hansen’s is a family-owned business committed to sustainable transportation. For us, it’s more than reducing idling time and improving fuel efficiency. We utilize all of the resources at our disposal including investing in green equipment and educating staff on environmental deficiencies. Below is a list of the sustainability projects we have undertaken with many more to follow.

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Speed Limiters & Monitoring

A speed limiter, also called a governor, allows the top speed of a truck’s engine to be pre-set. All of our trucks (owned and brokered) are set at 105 km/h in Ontario and Quebec and 110 km/h in the other provinces. These settings provide a major environmental benefit by conserving fuel and enhancing efficiency by tracking fuel consumption for each unit.

Hansen’s also utilizes a Telematic system in every truck to track all locations in real time.  This allows us to monitor the truck speed on every road against posted speed limits, further reducing our fuel consumption and increasing the safe operation of our fleet. 

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Idle Times

Hansen’s has led the charge in anti-idle technologies. This includes a strict anti-idle policy that limits initial warm up times to no more than 10 minutes (as per the manufactures guidelines). Drivers are required to turn engines off when loading and unloading or during any stop that exceeds the idle limit.

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In-Cab and Engine Heaters

All of Hansen’s highway trucks are equipped with diesel or electric in-cab heaters which eliminate unnecessary idle time.  Moving forward, Hansen’s is committed to the use of electric in-cab heaters which will further reduce diesel emissions.  Engine heaters reduce engine warm-up idling, lowering maintenance costs, and ensure reliable engine starts while maintaining compliance with anti-idling rules and regulations.

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Tires and Tire Pressure

Hansen’s only purchases the most fuel-efficient tires available.  Ensuring the correct pressure in truck tires has a direct effect on fuel economy and vehicle handling.  Hansen’s adheres to all manufacturer recommendations to maximize fuel mileage, reduce wear and costs, and improve safety for the driver. Hansen’s has invested in remote Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems that alert both the driver and the maintenance department if a tire becomes low on air or overheats.

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Servicing Equipment

The average age of trucks in the Hansen’s Fleet is less than 5 years. We regularly service our trucks to maintain peak efficiency and reliability. Our vehicle maintenance monitoring program ensures that all trucks and trailers are serviced within manufacturer’s recommendations.  This ensures maximum performance as well as cleaner exhaust emissions.

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New Equipment

To ensure we are operating the most fuel-efficient trucks possible, Hansen’s updates part of their fleet annually. Newer engines have advanced pollution control systems which remove more than 90% of the fine particles including nitrogen oxide from truck exhaust.  Peak efficiency is maintained utilizing automated transmissions which maximize fuel economy through programmed gear shifting.

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Operating System

Hansen’s utilizes state-of-the-art computerized operating systems which help provide increased efficiency in all of our departments including: Dispatch (more efficient load building = fewer km driven), Accounting, EDI and Vehicle Maintenance.

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Electronic Log Books

Hansen’s is fully ELD compliant in both the U.S. and Canada and have been utilizing electronic logbooks for over a decade.  Electronic logbooks ensure our drivers work within the Hours-of-Service regulations and operate infraction free.  Dispatchers can fully utilize driver availability minimizing fatigue.

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Corporate Efficiencies Support Green Sustainability

Hansen’s KPI Program is driven by the information collected from various sources, most notably the on-board Telematic system in our trucks. Our reports provide detailed statistics regarding overall mileage travelled, fuel consumption, idle times, hard braking and other pertinent data.   With this technology Hansen’s is better able to understand the dynamics of their fleet and associated costs, as well as implement and improve on our fleet management and eco-friendly initiatives.