Global lift truck manufacturer Hyster Company announced its selection as a 2023 Green Supply Chain Partner by Inbound Logistics magazine. The award honors Hyster® for innovating clean power solutions that help operations in intensive industries like ports and manufacturing mitigate environmental impact and meet growing sustainability regulations and goals. 

In a news release, Hyster says it is "at the forefront of electrifying higher-capacity equipment that has traditionally relied on internal combustion engine (ICE) power." The company’s innovations in hydrogen fuel cell-powered (HFC) port equipment resulted in the first-ever real-world pilot of an HFC-powered top-pick container handler, located at Fenix Marine Services in the Port of Los Angeles. According to Hyster, the container handler is designed to provide the zero emissions benefits of a battery electric option, but with enough energy capacity to keep operations moving for a full shift, avoiding the need to interrupt productivity by stopping to recharge or refuel. This single truck is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 127 tons and reduce criteria pollutants by half a ton over the course of a year, according to the Center for Transportation and the Environment. 


Hyster also has planned pilots for an HFC-powered reachstacker at the Port of Valencia in Spain, an HFC-powered empty container handler and terminal tractor in Hamburg, Germany and is working with Capacity Trucks to develop electric and hydrogen-powered terminal tractors. 

Hyster draws on experience in electric forklift design with the company’s line of smaller, lighter-capacity equipment, for which Hyster offers extensive electric power options. This recognition as a Green Supply Chain Partner is its fourth honor in a row and follows on the heels of the company’s selection by the Sustainable Energy Council (SEC) as one of four finalists in the industrial application category of the World Hydrogen 2023 Awards.

“Increasingly, companies and government bodies are grappling with the task of limiting emissions and pursuing sustainability,” says Herman Klaus, Director, Big Truck Application Solutions, Hyster Company. “As we continue to expand green options, we’re helping our customers obtain the right clean power solution to help them meet their emissions reduction targets, even in applications where electrification might not have seemed possible before.”