The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has honored the freight industry’s top performers – shippers, carriers and logistics providers that excel at saving fuel and shrinking their emissions footprints – with its annual SmartWay Excellence Awards.
The EPA bestowed the honor on 72 companies this year, out of more than 3,700 companies and organizations participating in SmartWay.
“Over the past 15 years, the U.S. EPA’s SmartWay Transportation Partnership has provided the tools and information for thousands of companies to create leaner, more efficient supply chains,” says Sarah Dunham, director of the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality.
“This year, EPA is recognizing 72 companies with SmartWay Excellence Awards for outstanding environmental achievements and leadership in goods movement,” she adds. “These truck carriers, shippers and third-party logistics providers are leading the industry and showing that it is possible to move more goods while using less fuel, reducing pollution and cutting costs.”
Since 2004, SmartWay partners have avoided emitting more than 134 million tons of air pollutants (NOx, PM and CO2), contributing to cleaner air and healthier citizens, while saving more than 279 million barrels of oil and $37.5 billion in fuel costs.
This year’s award recipients are a diverse group, ranging from many first-time awardees, along with companies that keep improving year over year. Each year’s competition is based solely on the prior year’s environmental performance data.
The list of all awardees can be found here.