The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revealed this year’s winners of its SmartWay Excellence Awards programme for shippers, logistics providers and freight carriers, with car hauliers and automotive inbound providers among the recipients. The awards are part of the EPA’s Smartway Transport Partnership, a voluntary programme that aims to reduce emissions and foster the development of a clean and efficient freight supply chain.

Through the awards the EPA said it recognises companies that are optimising the environmental performance and efficiency of their freight operations, while serving as role models for other businesses to follow.

This year the Agency awarded 55 companies in total, equal to the top 1% of all SmartWay partners.

Ryder and Menlo Worldwide Logistics were among those five companies selected for the SmartWay Logistics Company Awardee category, based on their achievements in four areas: effective collaboration, advanced technology and operational practices, robust systems to validate and report their SmartWay data, and communications and public outreach efforts.

Southeast Transportation Systems and Enclosed Vehicle Transportation took awards in the Auto Carrier Fleet category.

Penske Logistics and Con-way Freight were recognised among those in the Less-Than-Truckload category. Penske said it earned the award in part for reducing its annual carbon dioxide emissions by 25%, nitrous oxide emissions by 40% and particulate matter emissions by over 50%.

The awards were presented at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual Global Conference in Denver this week.

Further details of the award winners and the SmartWay programme are available here.