Released October 7, 2016 Article
UPDS is proud to have been honored with a SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency. UPDS received the award based on its ability to reduce fuel consumption and associated greenhouse gases through innovative transportation offerings. This includes rerouting intermodal shipments to rail terminals closer to customers, which resulted in 31 million fewer ton miles moving on the nation’s highways per year.
“Rail is four times more fuel efficient than trucks and generates a carbon footprint that is, on average, 75 percent less than trucks,” said Michael Parker, president - UPDS. “We are proud to provide our customers with transportation solutions that are efficient, effective and reduce the impact on the environment.”
UPDS was one of nine companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s 3,500 Partners. The shipper and logistics Excellence Awardees were honored at the Council of Supply Chain Management & Professional Annual Conference held in Kissimmee, Florida on September 27, 2016.
"SmartWay Shipper Partners understand that by improving supply chain efficiency they not only reduce freight transport costs, but also reduce emissions of the carbon pollution that contributes to climate change,” said Christopher Grundler, Director of EPA’s Office of Transportation & Air Quality, “Participating in EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership helps these businesses move goods in a manner that is better for business and helps protect our climate.”
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