Wilbur-Ellis Steps Forward Towards Achieving Climate Change Goals

Wilbur-Ellis has announced its climate change goals to support Environmental Management, a key part of its Corporate Social Responsibility program, which also focuses on People and Governance. The goal is to reduce carbon emissions and increase the use of renewable energy.

Wilbur-Ellis plans to reduce emissions as soon as possible, achieving net absolute zero carbon emissions by 2050. This is in line with the Paris Agreement’s goal of keeping the global average temperature rise well below 2° Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. Wilbur-Ellis also intends to increase the use of renewable energy in its manufacturing and distribution operations. One step in the transition is to install solar energy panels at a number of company locations.

“This goal demonstrates a commitment to making our own operations more sustainable, while developing solutions that can benefit our customers,” said Wilbur-Ellis President and CEO John Buckley. “Our goals also reflect the company’s support for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which have global impact.”

Buckley also noted an ongoing program – the Wilbur-Ellis Innovation Awards – was launched as part of the company’s 100th anniversary celebrations. The award invites a team of US students to propose innovative ways to sustainably feed the world’s growing population. The competition winners will be announced this summer, with a $25,000 grand prize going to the team with the most creative and viable ideas.

Collaboration With Ford Pro Begins to Move to Electric Vehicles

Another move that Wilbur-Ellis announced was a collaboration with Ford Pro, which introduced a new line of electric pickup trucks – the Ford F-150® Lightning.™ Ford Pro is a standalone unit of the Ford Motor Company serving commercial customers with a one-stop shop for vehicles, software, charging and financing.

Through this collaboration, Wilbur-Ellis will initially integrate 10 new electric trucks into its fleet in Sonoma and the Salinas Valley. Ford Pro will also provide charging stations and in-vehicle telematics that can optimize remote charging, monitor vehicle diagnostics, and help improve driver safety through cloud-based software.

Wilbur-Ellis President and CEO John Buckley stands beside one of Ford’s electric pickups that will be integrated into the company’s fleet.
Photo courtesy of Wilbur-Ellis

The announcement was made at Dutton Ranch in Sebastopol, CA, a vineyard in the Sonoma wine region and longtime customer of Wilbur-Ellis. Dutton Ranch participated in a pilot program with Ford Pro to test its software and charging solutions, along with electric cargo vans and Ford pickup trucks, in real-world farm conditions.

The collaboration with Wilbur-Ellis expands that effort by putting electric trucks into service on a larger scale. “Wilbur-Ellis will begin the transition to electric vehicles in our fleet, which includes 2,800 on-road vehicles worldwide,” said Buckley. “And our customers will benefit from the information we collect about the impact these vehicles have on their operations.”

To learn more about the Wilbur-Ellis Corporate Social Responsibility program, visit wilburellis.com.


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