Jason Mathers is senior manager of supply chain logistics at Environmental Defense Fund, where he leads EDF’s effort to reduce emissions from freight movement – the source of 6% of human-generated global warming pollution. As part of this work, Jason is cataloging current best practices and developing a framework for managing emissions from supply chain logistics.
Jason Mathers leads the Green Freight initiative for Environmental Defense Fund. Under his guidance, EDF has partnered with heavy equipment manufacturers, CPGs, retailers, and food & beverage companies to identify and implement strategies that increase carbon efficiency in freight transportation.
Based on his experience working with leading companies, Mathers created the EDF Green Freight Journey, a management framework that enables companies to cut freight costs and emissions. He led the development of the Green Freight Handbook and other tools companies can use to cut supply chain emissions and costs.
Prior to joining EDF, Mathers was an outreach specialist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, where he organized global change scientists to engage in policy discussions. He has a graduate degree in economics from Suffolk University and a B.S. in environmental science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a U.S. Navy veteran, serving on board the USS Normandy.
Companies need to plan for the long-term for fuel costs. As we move into the next buying cycle for corporate fleet vehicles, companies should be asking themselves, “What fleet do I want in 2014, 2015 and 2016?"
How did that get there? It's a question that I've found myself asking at lot these days. Goods movement, freight, logistics -- call it what you will. Regardless of name, it's the source of a lot of greenhouse gas emissions.
Today, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) joins with Donlen, a leading fleet management company, and GreenDriver in a commitment towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the commercial fleet sector by 20 percent over the next five years.
Medium-duty trucks, a mainstay for American fleets, produce more than 80 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. Environmental Defense Fund and PHH Arval are now offering fleet managers a framework for reducing emissions from the vehicles.
Novo Nordisk, Poland Springs and Carrier are demonstrating that driving less, selecting more efficient vehicles, and choosing lower-carbon fuel sources are bedrock principles of greenhouse gas management for corporate fleets to utilize.
To help firms benchmark their fleets, EDF recently surveyed the 300 largest in the U.S. and Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association members. EDF released survey results today and provides a way for others to see how their fleets measure up.