American Trucking Associations congratulated the 28 winners of the EPA SmartWay Excellence Awards – most notably the 11 members of ATA who were honored during the ATA Management Conference & Exhibition.
“EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership is an example of how the trucking industry can work in a way that improves the environmental sustainability of the global supply chain,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “We are honored to partner with SmartWay in a joint effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce fuel use within the trucking sector. The EPA has chosen companies that genuinely desire to improve their efficiency while continuing to lead the industry. We are grateful that their work is being recognized.”
“As the SmartWay program completes its 13th year, the EPA recognizes its top Carrier Partners for their commitment to innovating transportation systems to become more efficient and environmentally aware,” said Christopher Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation & Air Quality. “The nation depends on the trucking industry to deliver America’s goods, and these award-winning SmartWay carriers have demonstrated that it is possible to place an emphasis on environmental integrity while maintaining status atop the industry’s leaders. Lowering greenhouse gas emissions has the dual benefit of increasing revenue and reducing fuel costs.”
Among this year’s winners of the SmartWay Excellence Award are ATA members:
- Bison Transport Inc.;
- Contract Transportation Services Co.;
- C. R. England Inc.;
- Diversified Automotive Inc.;
- Old Dominion Freight Line Inc.;
- Penske Truck Leasing;
- Rocha Transportation;
- Royal Trucking Company;
- Walmart Transportation LLC and
- Werner Enterprises Inc.
EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership is 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 170.3 million barrels of oil—the equivalent of eliminating annual energy use in over 6 million homes and $24.9 billion in fuel costs. SmartWay’s clean air achievements (72.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 1,458,000 tons of nitrogen oxides, and 59,000 tons of particulate matter emissions avoided) help protect citizens’ well being.