Focus on sustainable development

At Groupe Robert, embracing sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint are top on our list of priorities.

We have been working for several years with our partners at Energotest to identify and incorporate innovative technologies and practices that help us minimize the environmental impacts of our operations.

GHG savings of 11,000 tonnes a year Although our fleet travels close to 100 million kilometres every year, our energy efficiency program has enabled us to make drastic cuts in our GHG emissions.

Conversion to LNG Liquefied natural gas, a greener alternative to gasoline, already powering 125 trucks in our fleet, thus yielding a 25% reduction in GHG emissions.

SmartWay-certified since 2007 We are proud to display this symbol of excellence in reducing GHG emissions.

Fuel consumption down by 45% This can be attributed to the use of long-combination vehicles (LCVs) in Quebec and Ontario.

Aerodynamic skirts These devices allow us to reduce our fuel consumption by 7.4% at 100 km/h, which we have set as our maximum speed.

Greener choices for our distribution centres Some of our forklift vehicles are now powered by compressed natural gas, a more efficient and less polluting source of fuel, and we have new environmentally friendly lighting systems in place.

At Groupe Robert, sustainable development underpins everything we do:

  • Development of aerodynamic skirts on trailers to reduce fuel consumption (7.4% savings at 100 km/h)
  • Use of single wide-base tires (2%–5% more fuel-efficient)
  • Installation of aerodynamic deflectors on tractors
  • Installation of solar panels on tractors to power cab A/C systems
  • 5-minute maximum for idling
  • Installation of disc brakes on tractors and trailers
  • Fleet of tractors running on liquefied natural gas (LNG)
  • Long combination vehicles (one tractor, one driver, two trailers), yielding a 40%+ reduction in fuel consumption and a decrease in the number of vehicles on the road
  • Speed limiters
  • Smaller tractor-trailer gap to save fuel
  • High-performance automatic transmission on new tractors
  • Efficient planning of trucking routes and travel times