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EPA’s SmartWay honours freight industry green leaders


WASHINGTON, D.C.–The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the 2015 winners of the  SmartWay Excellence Awards for retailers, manufacturers and logistics companies.

The awards honors the top performing SmartWay partner companies that demonstrate how businesses can shrink their carbon footprints and contribute to healthier air all while saving on fuel costs as they move goods across America.

“SmartWay partners know that improving freight supply chain efficiency is not only good for business, but also good for our shared environment,” said Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “These award-winning partners are leaders among their peers, saving fuel, reducing pollution that contributes to climate change and poor air quality, and saving their customers money – a triple play.”

The 2015 SmartWay Excellence Awardees for retailers, manufacturers and logistics companies are:

•           Armada,

•           Appleton Coated LLC,

•           Bacardi USA, Inc.,

•           Canon USA, Inc.,

•           Gorton’s,

•           Hewlett-Packard,

•           Kimberly-Clark Corporation,

•           Lowe’s Companies, Inc.,

•           Menlo Logistics,

•           The Home Depot U.S.A., Inc, and,

•           Whirlpool Corporation.

Award winners demonstrate environmental leadership through effective collaboration; advanced technology and operational practices; robust SmartWay data validation and reporting; communication and public outreach; and, implementation of sustainability practices in local communities.

The awards were presented Tuesday at EPA’s Third Vehicle Technology Showcase, in Ann Arbor Michigan. The event was held at EPA’s National Vehicle & Fuel Emissions Laboratory and highlighted innovative technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve fuel efficiency and from heavy duty trucks.

Awards for carrier partners (trucking companies, multi-modal transport companies, and barge transport companies) will be announced next week at the 2015 American Trucking Association Management Conference and Exhibition in Philadelphia, said the EPA.


Julia Kuzeljevich

Julia Kuzeljevich

Julia Kuzeljevich is Editor of Canadian Shipper. She has been writing about transportation and logistics issues since 1999.
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