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EPA recognizes SmartWay Affiliate EDF for Efforts to Reduce Pollution

Contact Information: 
Joe Hubbard or Jennah Durant at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

DALLAS – (April 21, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is recognizing Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) for environmentally responsible endeavors that move more goods more miles with lower emissions and less energy.

“Organizations that help the freight sector become more efficient and sustainable play an important role in EPA’s SmartWay program,” said EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry. “By helping transportation businesses save fuel and reduce greenhouse gases, these honorees are improving the economy, public health, and the environment.”

EDF produced a Green Freight Handbook to provide practical steps for developing sustainable practices. The organization also integrated efficient supply chain and freight logistics training into their Climate Corp intern projects to help partners understand how SmartWay helps reduce emissions and cut costs.

EDF was among seven affiliates to receive this recent recognition. EPA held a virtual recognition ceremony on April 21, 2016. The awardees represent three percent of the total affiliate membership and are part of a diverse cross section of the freight supply chain industry.

SmartWay Partners have avoided emitting more than 72 million metric tons of the carbon pollution that contributes to climate change, while saving more than 170 million barrels of oil and more than $24 billion in fuel costs. SmartWay also contributes to cleaner air and healthier citizens by significantly reducing emissions of the pollution that contributes to smog.

Launched in 2004, SmartWay is an EPA program that helps the freight transportation sector and improves supply chain efficiency. SmartWay also reduces transportation-related emissions that affect climate change, reduces environmental risk for companies and increases global energy security.

More information on SmartWay https://www3.epa.gov/smartway

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