For the fourth time this decade, Penske Logistics has been honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its sustainability efforts, collecting a 2019 SmartWay Excellence Award in the Truck Carrier category. Penske Logistics also attained SmartWay awards in 2018, 2017 and 2013.
Penske was one of 55 truck and multimodal carriers to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay's 3,700 partners. The awards were handed out at the 2019 American Trucking Association's Management Conference and Exhibition in San Diego.
Sarah Dunham, EPA's director of the office of transportation and air quality: “These awardees are the top two percent of environmental performers among all of our SmartWay Partners. They are redefining best practices for freight transport by reducing fuel costs and improving the public health of the communities they serve."
EPA's SmartWay Transport Partnership is a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way possible, while protecting public health and reducing air pollution.
“We sincerely appreciate this recognition from the EPA," said Marc Althen, president of Penske Logistics. “We have been participating in the SmartWay Transport Partnership for more than a decade. We continue to invest in the latest technology and processes to maximize the efficiency of our dedicated fleet."
Drew Cullen, Penske senior vice president of fuels and facility services: “On a daily basis, we continue to optimize customer shipments in a variety of manners, and operate and maintain cutting-edge trucks. We are constantly evaluating and implementing the newest and best technology to drive sustainability in our fleet and logistics operations."
Since 2004, SmartWay Partners have avoided emitting more than 134 million tons of air pollutants (NOx, PM, and CO2) contributing to cleaner air and healthier citizens, while saving 280 million barrels of oil and $37 billion in fuel costs – equivalent to eliminating the annual energy use of over 18 million homes.
Photo caption: In the image above, Mike Costanza (left), Penske director of environmental services, accepts the 2019 U.S. EPA SmartWay Excellence Award from Cheryl Bynum, SmartWay director.
By "Move Ahead" Staff