EPA just announced the winners of the 2016 SmartWay Excellence Award for sustainable freight transport.
44 companies — out of more than 3,500 partners in the program – were honored for their accomplishments in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.
This year’s well-deserved accolades went to 43 truck carriers, seven shippers and one barge carrier – including some SmartWay partners in Texas.
The awards demonstrate that environmental stewardship and economic success go hand in hand, and are an example of EPA’s commitment to recognizing companies that achieve those “win-wins.”
Spotlight on Freight Sustainability Leaders in Texas
Four Texas truck carriers – High Country Transportation, Jack Key Auto Transport, Mustang Express and OutWest Express – were honored with the SmartWay Excellence award this year, demonstrating their commitment to the SmartWay program goals of improving efficiency in the freight industry, reducing fuel use, reducing air pollution, and saving money.
EDF congratulates them – and applauds all 202 SmartWay partners in Texas (up from 177 in 2015.)
These freight leaders include prominent names such as AT&T, Dell Inc., PepsiCo, Inc., and Toyota. In 2013, AT&T (headquartered in Dallas) became the largest wireless carrier to join the program, and Dell Inc. (headquartered in Round Rock, near Austin) has been a SmartWay member since the program’s inception in 2004.
About the SmartWay Program
EPA’s SmartWay program 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.
The program emphasizes measuring environmental performance criteria, such as fuel efficiency and use of cleaner technologies. Membership is voluntary, so businesses choose to make energy-efficient transportation decisions and are then eligible to receive national recognition for achieving high environmental performance.
The ultimate goals of the program are to accelerate the availability, adoption and market penetration of advanced fuel efficient technologies and operational practices in the freight supply chain.
SmartWay has an impressive track record of environmental and economic success. Since 2004, the EPA program has saved more than 170 million barrels of oil — the equivalent of eliminating annual energy use in more than six million homes.
SmartWay’s clean air achievements (almost 73 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 1.5 million tons of nitrogen oxides, and 60,000 tons of particulate matter emissions avoided) are also a boon to public health.
Companies affiliated with the SmartWay Program have saved almost $25 billion in fuel costs to date, supporting the North American freight industry while lowering costs for the consumer.