EPA honors top companies for supply chain efficiency - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Regulation  -  November 6, 2017

EPA honors top companies for supply chain efficiency

The U.S. EPA on Oct. 23 announced the 2017 winners of the "SmartWay Excellence Award" for freight carriers, logistics companies and shippers in the retail and manufacturing sectors.

The Award honors the top 1% to 2%  of the SmartWay program's partners that reduce their operational costs through gains in freight efficiency, mitigating their transportation environmental footprints by using less energy and cleaner technologies to move goods across the country.

The 2017 SmartWay Excellence Awardees for retailers, manufacturers and logistics companies were: Alliance Shippers, Inc.; Knichel Logistics; Union Pacific Distribution Services; Gap Inc.; HP, Inc.; Johnson & Johnson; Kimberly-Clark Corp.; Kohl's Department Stores;  Ledvance LLC; Lowe's Companies Inc.;  McDonald's; Meijer Distribution, Inc.; Home Depot Inc.; and 
Whirlpool Corp.

EPA said in an Oct. 23 news release that its SmartWay Transport Partnership is a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way possible to protect public health by reducing harmful air emissions. Demonstrating a commitment to corporate sustainability and social responsibility through SmartWay provides for a more competitive and sustainable business environment.  

Since 2004, SmartWay partners have avoided emitting more than 94 million metric tons of air pollutants, while saving more than 197 million barrels of oil and $27.8 billion in fuel costs, equivalent to eliminating the annual energy use of more 12 million home, according to the EPA. SmartWay also contributes to cleaner air and healthier citizens by significantly reducing emissions of the pollution that contributes to smog, including fine particulate matter and nitrogen oxides. 

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