By Editorial Staff
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored 37 organizations in October with its 2009 SmartWay Excellence Awards for slashing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and saving fuel through significant improvements to their freight operations.
"EPA's SmartWay partnership helps freight companies go the extra mile by saving fuel and money, while cutting air pollution," said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. "Within our nation's hard-working freight sector, SmartWay Excellence Award winners have stepped up to help protect our health, climate and environment."
The agency cited the recipient organizations for their efforts to address climate change by investing in clean truck technologies, adopting freight management strategies that reduce carbon emissions, and promoting the benefits of the SmartWay Transport Partnership. Winners were recognized across four categories (carrier, shipper, logistics, affiliate) at a ceremony held in conjunction with the American Trucking Association's Annual Management Conference & Exhibit in Las Vegas.
EPA launched SmartWay in 2004 to help improve the freight industry's environmental performance. Today more than 2,000 organizations participate, ranging from large multinational trucking fleets, several rail companies, many well-known retail and commercial shippers, as well as small "mom and pop" trucking companies.
Through their SmartWay participation, these companies both calculate and adopt strategies for lowering their transportation energy use and CO2 emissions. EPA provides technical support, including tools to evaluate options for lowering fuel use and emissions, and help in locating financing for the purchase of environmental and fuel saving technology.
In 2009, the partnership projects that it will eliminate six million tons of CO2 and conserve more than 540 million gallons of diesel fuel, a savings of at least $1.3 billion a year in fuel costs.
Among shippers, award winner PepsiCo said it has 100 percent of its transportation needs executed by SmartWay carriers and affiliates. PepsiCo estimates that its work with SmartWay on efficiency and fuel conservation projects have driven reductions in fuel use of nearly 15 million gallons of diesel, eliminating 340 million pounds of CO2 emissions and lowering PepsiCo's fuel costs. "Sustainability projects in transportation have provided a tremendous return on investment since reducing emissions also translates to lower fuel costs," noted PepsiCo Transportation Vice President Mark Whittaker in a company statement on the award.
Retailer Kohl's joined the EPA SmartWay program in 2007 and was also recognized with the SmartWay award in 2008. Kohl's reported that last year it reduced transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions by 51,271 tons, the equivalent to taking 8,457 cars off the road for a year.
Transportation initiatives that helped reduce Kohl's carbon dioxide emissions last year included trucking efficiencies and cleaner transport options. For example, when Kohl's trucks make deliveries from distribution centers to stores, the company strives to fill the trucks on the return routes. This practice of looking to fill trucks in both directions has saved 826,398 empty miles, according to company estimates. In addition, more than 40 percent of Kohl's inbound merchandise is now transported by train.
Schneider National, one of 19 carriers presented with the award, also cited a multipronged approach to reducing its carbon footprint. In addition to rewarding drivers with incentives of $11 million for their fuel management efforts (reduction of out-of-route and empty miles through improved trip planning), Schneider transformed its intermodal footprint in 2008. The company purchased over 9,000 stackable containers to retool its intermodal fleet, resulting in a savings of over 79 million gallons of fuel in 2008.
"In the past year alone, our industry-leading technologies and policies saved more than 200 million gallons of fuel and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by more than 2.2 million tons," said Steve Matheys, executive vice president and chief administration officer at Schneider National, in a company statement on the award.
Transplace, a non-asset based third-party logistics (3PL) provider offering manufacturers and retailers both logistics technology and transportation management services, was one of three logistics companies presented with the award. "SmartWay provides Transplace with the tools and information needed to help our customers improve operational efficiency as well as environmental performance," said George Abernathy, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Transplace.
More information on the SmartWay program is available at www.epa.gov/smartway
2009 SmartWay Excellence Award Winners
Bison Transport Inc.
C.R. England, Inc.
Celadon Trucking Services Inc.
Challenger Motor Freight Inc.
Covenant Transport, Inc.
Gordon Trucking Inc.
J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
Knight Transportation, Inc.
LTI Trucking Services, Inc.
MacKinnon Transport INC
Mesilla Valley Transportation
Roehl Transport, Inc.
Schneider National, Inc.
Stan Koch & Sons Trucking
States Logistics Services, Inc.
Swift Transportation Co.
U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc./Xpress Global Systems
Best Buy Co., Inc.
Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
Kohl's Department Stores
Kraft Foods Global, Inc.
Limited Brands, Inc.
Lowe's Companies Inc
Sharp Electronics Corporation
Stonyfield Farm, Inc.
The Home Depot
Hub Group, Inc.
Menlo Worldwide Logistics
American Trucking Associations
Cascade Sierra Solutions
By Editorial Staff