The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is honoring 44 top truck and multi-modal carriers as industry leaders in supply chain environmental and energy efficiency with its 2014 SmartWay® Excellence Awards announced today by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy at the American Trucking Associations’ Annual Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, Calif.
These carrier partners are SmartWay’s top environmental performers, setting benchmarks in how they move products and supplies, by transporting the continent’s goods efficiently with the lowest overall carbon dioxide and criteria emissions.
“As SmartWay celebrates its tenth anniversary, EPA recognizes its top carrier partners for the significant strides they have made towards a sustainable transportation future,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “By saving fuel and keeping carbon dioxide and harmful pollutants out of the air, recipients of the SmartWay Excellence Award demonstrate that fighting climate change and protecting human health is good for business.”
This year, SmartWay Program, a public-private partnership between EPA and transportation-related companies, celebrates 10 years as a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way possible, while protecting public health and reducing the impacts of climate change. Demonstration of a commitment to corporate sustainability and social responsibility through SmartWay provides for a more competitive and environmentally-friendly business environment. Since 2004, SmartWay partners have saved $16.8 billion in fuel costs and 120.7 million barrels of oil— the equivalent of taking over 10 million cars off the road for an entire year. SmartWay’s clean air achievements have protected the well-being of citizens by avoiding emissions of 51.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 738,000 tons of nitrogen oxides, and 37,000 tons of particulate matter.
Building on the important work of the SmartWay Program, and as part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, EPA and the Department of Transportation (DOT) worked with the trucking industry to create the first-ever GHG and fuel efficiency standards for heavy duty vehicles—model year 2014 to 2018. Over the lifetime of these vehicles, they’ll save 530 million barrels of oil and over 270 million metric tons of carbon emissions—not to mention $50 billion dollars in fuel savings.
In addition, last week, EPA recognized SmartWay shippers and logistics companies for moving freight while burning less fuel– by increasing the fuel efficiency of fleet vehicles, reducing idling, and maximizing the productivity of every haul, long or short.
The full list of 2014 SmartWay Excellence awardees, including shippers, logistics, top-truck and multi-modal carrier awards, can be may be found at: http://www.epa.gov/smartway/about/sw-awards.htm
For additional information on SmartWay, visit: http://www.epa.gov/smartway/
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