ABF Endorses ATA's Sustainable Future Program

May 30, 2008
ABF Freight System Inc. announced its support of a sustainability program introduced by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) to reduce both fuel consumption and emissions.

Operating under the banner “Trucks Deliver a Cleaner Tomorrow,” the ATA program is a series of measures it feels taken together can reduce fuel consumption by 86 billion gallons and CO2 emissions of all vehicles by 900 million tons in the next 10 years.

“Because ABF implemented many of the program’s initiatives more than 30 years ago, we can attest to the numerous benefits that accrue from widespread adoption of these measures,” said Bob Davidson, ABF president and CEO. “Since 1976, ABF has voluntarily limited the maximum speed of its trucks, which reduces fuel consumption and emissions, partially offsets fuel economy degradation of the newer engines, and contributes to our impressive safety record,” he continued.

“Beginning in 1994, when the technology was available to prohibit discretionary engine idling, all new equipment purchases included computerized idle shutdown, another step to insure ABF’s long-standing no-idling policy was observed. As a participant in SmartWay since 2006, we are pleased and proud that the ATA is recommending these common sense practices for all carriers,” he said, concluding, “This program will ensure that the trucking industry continues doing its part to reduce its environmental impact.”

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