GREEN BAY, Wis.--Schneider National, Inc., a premier provider of transportation, logistics and intermodal services, announced today the receipt of its third consecutive Environmental Excellence Award. The award, earned by Schneider for demonstrating leadership in conserving energy and lowering greenhouse gas emissions from its transportation and freight activities, is given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay™ Transport Partnership. Of SmartWay’s 1,000-plus partners, Schneider is one of 27 companies to receive this distinction in 2008, and one of two transportation companies to achieve the award for the third consecutive year.
The 2008 awards were announced Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the annual conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals in Denver, Colo. SmartWay Excellence Award recipients set and met their annual goals, achieving superior environmental performance and actively promoting the goals and benefits of the SmartWay Transport Partnership.
As an award recipient and carrier partner with SmartWay, Schneider National has pledged to integrate fuel-saving and pollution-control technologies and strategies into its fleet and intermodal operations. To that end, Schneider continues to search for operating enhancements and new technologies to further improve its carbon footprint and environmental performance.
“Today Schneider has the most energy-efficient fleet on the road and works with the most energy-efficient rail providers,” said Steve Matheys, executive vice president of global commercial services for Schneider National. “Our long and progressive environmental performance record is due in large part to our enterprise-wide commitment to innovation, testing and building equipment for the greatest energy efficiency. Our emission reduction results lead the industry, and our efforts not only reduce our carbon footprint but also help us remain competitive in the marketplace.”
In 2008, Schneider once again led the industry’s sustainability efforts by voluntarily slowing its fleet to 60 mph. This effort is the equivalent of taking 7,259 cars off our nation’s highways, saving an additional 3.75 million gallons of diesel fuel and eliminating 83.25 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually. The company also utilizes intermodal transport whenever feasible to further reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions.
Based on three-year commitments, SmartWay’s carriers, shippers, logistic companies, rail carriers and affiliate members are conserving over 540 million gallons of diesel fuel per year, saving the trucking industry at least $2.3 billion in annual fuel and maintenance costs and eliminating over 6 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming.
“The EPA is pleased to recognize Schneider National with a 2008 Excellence Award for the third consecutive year,” said Margo T. Oge, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. I commend the company for its leadership in promoting sustainable transportation practices. Their commitment is helping lead us toward a cleaner environment and a more secure energy supply.”
The EPA and a select group of 15 shipping and business leaders, including Schneider National, introduced SmartWay in 2004 as an innovative, market-based partnership to reduce fuel use, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants. Today, more than 1,000 businesses and organizations, including Schneider Logistics, have joined the Partnership, each working to improve their environmental performance. Together through the SmartWay Partnership, by 2012, with full industry participation, the program will achieve annual fuel savings of 3.3 to 6.6 billion gallons of diesel fuel, thus eliminating between 33 and 66 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and up to 200,000 tons of nitrogen oxide emissions.
For more information about SmartWay, visit www.epa.gov/smartway or call 734-214-4767.