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EPA recognizes SmartWay Affiliate NCTCOG for Fuel Saving Strategies

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 North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) for environmentally responsible efforts that move more goods, more miles, with lower emissions and less energy.

“EPA’s SmartWay program helps transportation businesses develop methods that improve the economy, the environment and public health,” said EPA’s regional administrator Ron Curry. “We all depend on an efficient and sustainable freight sector, and these honorees have demonstrated that they can get the job done while saving fuel and reducing greenhouse gases.”

NCTCOG collaborated with a local community college on innovative fuel saving and emission reducing strategies and practices. The college will incorporate a fuel savings driver training program into their curriculum. NCTCOG also launched the Saving Money and Reducing Truck Emission program which provides small trucking fleets with support to operate more efficiently.

NCTCOG 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.

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