Bay & Bay inducted in EPA’s SmartWay program

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Bay & Bay Transportation recently was inducted into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership program. Bay & Bay says it applied for, and earned, the SmartWay partner mark of distinction for the company’s use of emissions-reducing technology within its truck fleet.

Bay & Bay’s SmartWay Shipper Index Factor score of 1.25 in 2007 is the highest level recognized by the EPA. The SIF score is a function of fuel efficiency, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions.

“Bay & Bay earned this honor for our emissions-reductions efforts in 2007, but we’ve been taking significant steps to reduce emissions and conserve fuel for the past decade,” says Sam Anderson, president of the Minneapolis-based company. “We actually came into the SmartWay program already at the highest SIF level possible.” The company is dedicated to maintaining long-term environmentally friendly practices, Anderson says.

Bay & Bay says it saved an estimated 1,435,039 gallons of diesel fuel in 2007 by using several cleaner air initiatives, including:

  • Implementing various trailer strategies for smarter fuel use (765,355 gallons);
  • Installing aerodynamic elements on combination trucks to streamline airflow (383,547 gallon savings);
  • Installing 140 auxiliary power units on trucks (131,400 gallon savings);
  • Using low-friction drivetrain lubricants and tire technology to improve fuel mileage (56,264 gallon savings); and
  • Setting 68 mph cruise control road speeds on company trucks (53,877 gallon savings).
  • “I commend Bay & Bay for integrating clean, innovative strategies and technologies into its fleet operations to reduce energy use and meet its SmartWay environmental commitments,” says Margo T. Oge, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation & Air Quality. Oge’s office calculated that Bay & Bay’s initiatives saved/prevented 15,918 tons of carbon dioxide, .761 tons of PM and 44.1 tons of oxides of nitrogen from entering the atmosphere.