EPA Recognizes Omaha Freight Industry Leader for Environmental Performance
LENEXA, KAN. (OCT. 27, 2021) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is honoring Werner Enterprises of Omaha, Nebraska, today as an industry leader in supply chain, environmental, and energy efficiency with its annual SmartWay Excellence Awards.
This Nebraska leader is among 72 Partner truck carriers, logistics providers, and freight shipper awardees announced at a virtual award ceremony hosted by EPA with its SmartWay Partners, affiliates, key stakeholders, and media in attendance.
The awardees represent the top-performing, environmentally responsible SmartWay Partners who move more goods and more miles, with lower emissions and less energy. Today’s awardees demonstrate how businesses in this crucial economic sector continue to lead through challenging times, demonstrating superior freight performance by saving fuel, shrinking their greenhouse gas footprints, and contributing to cleaner air in the communities they serve.
“For 17 years, the SmartWay Transport Partnership has worked with stakeholders in the freight industry to find innovative ways to reduce pollution from goods movement,” said Sarah Dunham, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “We commend the innovation, drive, and collaborative spirit of our partners whose efforts are helping to meet the challenge of climate change and to create a healthier environment for us all.”
“Freight partners have a direct impact on all our region’s communities as they provide an essential service to our citizens,” said Acting EPA Region 7 Administrator Edward H. Chu. “We commend them for their voluntary environmental vigilance and invite other companies to join them in helping tackle the climate crisis.”
This year’s SmartWay Excellence Awardee list is a diverse group, with about one-third as first-time awardees, about one-third who’ve been awardees at least five times, and four awardees in multiple categories. This range of repeat and first-time awardees demonstrates the competitive nature of this recognition – any company is only as good as its prior year’s environmental performance data. The awardees are geographically diverse with awardees from each of EPA’s 10 Regions, and six from Canada.
EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership is a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way possible to protect public health and reduce emissions. Demonstrating a commitment to environmental responsibility and freight efficiency through SmartWay provides for a more sustainable and competitive marketplace.
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