ATA is Honored With Seventh EPA Award

By Eric G Braun, Senior Writer, USRW

The folks at the American Trucking Association, (ATA) are walking with a bit of a strut these days, and for good reason. The ATA has racked up another “EPA Smart Way Affiliate Challenge Award”. Not only is it the seventh time, but the sixth consecutive at that.

 “We take tremendous pride in receiving this award for the seventh time and for the sixth consecutive year. It is a testament to the remarkable progress our industry has made toward energy efficiency and environmental sustainability,” ATA President and CEO Chris Spear said.  “Our federation is fully committed to reducing fuel use and emissions, setting our industry on a road to a sustainable future that shrinks our environmental footprint and boosts our bottom line.”

 “EPA commends the SmartWay Affiliate Challenge honorees for their extraordinary level of commitment and enthusiasm in supporting more efficient and sustainable business practices in moving goods,” said Christopher Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality.  “These organizations represent diverse industry sectors and stakeholders who are showing that American prosperity and protecting the environment can go hand in hand.”

 Launched in 2004, this voluntary public-private program:

  • provides a comprehensive and well-recognized system for tracking, documenting and sharing information about fuel use and freight emissions across supply chains.
  • helps companies identify and select more efficient freight carriers, transport modes, equipment, and operational strategies to improve supply chain sustainability and lower costs from goods movement.
  • supports global energy security and offsets environmental risk for companies and countries,
  • reduces freight transportation-related climate change and air pollutant emissions by accelerating the use of advanced fuel-saving technologies.
  • is supported by major transportation industry associations, environmental groups, state and local governments, international agencies, and the corporate community.

Projections are that by 2025, as international commerce increases and supply chains become more global and complex, shipments of U.S. goods will grow another 23.5 percent, and by 2040, a total of 45 percent.

As freight activity in the United States increases, projections are that during this same period, growth in greenhouse gas emissions from freight will exceed growth in greenhouse emissions from all other transportation activities, including passenger transportation.

“The SmartWay program is a demonstrable success with measurable results.  Its partners — including many ATA members — have saved more than $25 billion in fuel costs and more than 170 million barrels of oil and eliminated 73 million metric tons of carbon emissions, 1.5 million tons of NOx and 72,000 tons of particulate matter,” said Glen Kedzie, ATA Vice President and Energy and Environmental Affairs Counsel.

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