Estes Partnering With Watershed To Elevate Its Sustainability Program

Estes Partnering With Watershed To Elevate Its Sustainability Program

RICHMOND, VA–Estes, the largest, privately owned freight carrier in North America, is partnering with Watershed, the leading enterprise sustainability platform, to assess and set benchmarks against its sustainability program.

Watershed empowers companies around the world to take action on climate change. Watershed customers leverage the platform’s intelligent analytics and industry-leading carbon data to measure, report, and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Watershed’s goal is to enable the reduction of a collective 500 Mt CO2e from the Earth’s atmosphere each year by 2030—a goal it is on track to meet ahead of schedule.

The initial phase of Estes’ work with Watershed will be to complete its first-ever carbon footprint. Estes will use its 2023 footprint as a baseline to begin analyzing its emissions data and identify emissions hot spots. This foundation will inform new reduction targets to guide Estes’ sustainability efforts.

“The core of our mission is to always be improving Estes for today and the future – and this venture does just that,” said Sara Graf, vice president of sustainability, culture and communications. “We’re eager to see how Watershed quantifies the work we’ve already done in this space and helps us identify additional ways to manage our carbon output more effectively.” 

Some of Estes’ recent sustainability initiatives include expanding its electric-vehicle fleet of twelve electric trailers and nearly 300 zero-emission forklifts and retrofitting its select terminals with solar panels, which are expected to generate approximately 1,667,000 kilowatt hours annually, offsetting approximately 1,180 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).

“Watershed will give us an enterprise-wide look at our energy expenses – from our fleet to our facilities,” Graf added. “Better understanding these figures will help Estes be more sustainable in the future, both from an environmental and financial perspective.”

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About Estes Express Lines

Estes is the largest, privately owned freight carrier in North America. As an asset-based transportation provider with a global footprint, Estes always goes the extra mile to deliver reliable freight solutions and exceptional service that keep its customers coming back. Ethical and honest, with nearly a century of freight shipping expertise, Estes has worked through the decades to build a robust fleet and vast network of over 10,000 doors and 280 terminals. And the company’s comprehensive transportation solutions are backed by its continued investment in technology resources, as well as the support of more than 22,000 fiercely committed employees. Estes offers comprehensive freight shipping solutions, including Less Than Truckload (LTL)Volume LTL and TruckloadTime Critical GuaranteedCustom Shipping and Logistics, and Final Mile.

About Watershed

Watershed is the enterprise sustainability platform. Companies like Airbnb, Carlyle Group, Everlane, YETI, and BBVA use Watershed to measure, report, and act on their emissions, so they can produce audit-ready carbon footprints that drive real reductions. With embedded climate intelligence from the world’s leading climate and policy experts, Watershed is the platform of choice for companies seeking to satisfy regulatory requirements, unlock new business opportunities, and address climate-related risks. Watershed customers also have exclusive access to a marketplace of pre-vetted, high-quality carbon projects and groundbreaking virtual power purchase agreements.