Exel (Westerville, Ohio), a supply chain management and a Deutsche Post World Net company, has earned the SmartWay Partner designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the company’s efforts to maximize fuel efficiency and reduce emissions in its managed transportation operations.
Developed by the EPA in cooperation with the U.S. freight industry, the SmartWay Transport Partnership is an effort to reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution, and promote cleaner, more efficient ground freight transportation.
“I am pleased to welcome Exel to the SmartWay Transport Partnership,” said Margo T. Oge, Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, EPA. “They join the Partnership in a commitment to increase fuel efficiency and make freight-related environmental improvements.”
“At Exel, we’ve always strived to be a fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible company,” said Exel Vice President Transportation Mike Clark.“Our SmartWay Partnership reflects that effort and our ongoing commitment to reducing fuel consumption and emissions while continuing to provide our customers value through our managed transportation solution.”
As a SmartWay Partner, Exel is responsible for increasing the amount of its customer freight shipped by SmartWay Transport Partnership carriers to 50%, and to provide annual progress reports to the EPA. Exel already utilizes a number of SmartWay Partner carriers in its managed transportation operations.
“Improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions does more than help our environment,” Clark added. “It promotes lowering overall fuel expenses, which translates to a more cost effective service for our customers. It’s a practice that benefits everyone.”
According to EPA estimates, participating SmartWay Transport Partnership companies will cut carbon dioxide emissions between 33 and 66 million metric tons per year and nitrogen oxide emissions by 200,000 tons per year by 2012. That reduction would be equivalent to removing up to 12 million cars from the road or saving up to 150 million barrels of oil annually.