Company ranked in upper 2% of program’s ‘Green’ Fleets
Con-way Freight announced that it joined the SmartWay Transport’ Partnership, a voluntary collaboration between the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the freight industry designed to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution.
EPA officials, after assessing Con-way’s existing operating procedures, estimated that the company already ranks in the top two percent of ‘green’ fleets in the nation. ‘I am pleased to welcome Con-way Freight to the SmartWay Transport Partnership,’ said Margo T. Oge, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. ‘Their commitment to reducing carbon dioxide and nitrogen emissions represents a substantial contribution to freight-based environmental performance and fuel efficiency.’
‘Our fleet drives over 500 million miles a year and consumes over 90 million gallons of diesel fuel. With numbers that significant we are in a great position to help the environment by way of operating improvements,’ said David S. McClimon, president of Con-way Freight. ‘We will be buying ‘greener’ engines that emit less carbon and nitrogen oxides and we are currently testing more efficient tires and reduced air drag mirrors. We also have a strict idling policy in place with an automatic shut off after five minutes.’ McClimon also cited the company’s current use of synthetic lubricants, clutch-type fans and external aerodynamics to increase engine efficiency and lower emissions.
The company said its efforts will contribute to the Partnership’s goal to reduce 33 to 66 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and up to 200,000 tons of nitrogen oxide per year by 2012. Carbon dioxide is the most common greenhouse gas, and nitrogen oxide is an air pollutant that contributes to smog.
Launched in February 2004, the SmartWay Transport Partnership aims to achieve fuel savings of up to 150 million barrels of fuel per year. The Partnership brings together major freight shippers, trucking companies, railroads, and logistics companies to pursue mutually beneficial efficiencies that result in emissions reductions and other environmental improvements, as well as cost savings to the companies. The Partnership currently has nearly 150 Partners.