Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Road Haulage and Multimodal Logistics Groups Recognised for Supply Chain Efficiency

Government and Private Partnership Scheme Celebrates a Decade of Environmental Improvements
Shipping News Feature

US – This week saw the announcement of the forty four top road haulage and multimodal carriers named by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy as industry leaders in supply chain environmental and energy efficiency with the 2014 SmartWay® Excellence Awards. This year, the 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.

The EPA says that, 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, and that 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. Gina McCarthy, commented:

"As SmartWay celebrates its tenth anniversary, EPA recognises its top carrier partners for the significant strides they have made towards a sustainable transportation future. 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.”

The awards were announced at the American Trucking Associations’ Annual Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, California and the EPA recognised not just the top carriers but all those in the SmartWay Program including trucking companies, shippers and logistics companies for moving freight while burning less fuel by increasing the fuel efficiency of fleet vehicles, reducing idling, and maximising the productivity of every haul, long or short.

The complete list of 2014 SmartWay Excellence awardees can be seen here.