WASHINGTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given SmartWay Excellence Awards to 44 truck and multi-modal freight carriers for leadership in supply chain environmental and energy efficiency, the agency has announced.
All of the winners are participants in the SmartWay Transport Partnership, the EPA's collaborative effort with the trucking industry to increase fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in the trucking sector.
“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,” the EPA said in a recent news release.
The American Trucking Associations congratulated the truck fleets on their SmartWay awards. “For a decade, ATA has been a vocal supporter of the SmartWay Transport Partnership, and for a decade our members have been working to reduce carbon emissions and save fuel using the proven techniques endorsed by SmartWay,” said Bill Graves, ATA president and CEO.
Since beginning operations a decade ago, SmartWay and its partners have saved an estimated $16.8 billion in fuel costs and 120.7 million barrels of oil and prevented emissions of 51.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 738,000 tons of nitrogen oxides and 37,000 tons of particulate matter, the EPA said.
The full list of 2014 SmartWay Excellence Award winners can be found here.