Exel Transportation Services achieves EPA SmartWay designation

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Exel Transportation Services, an operating unit of Exel and a Deutsche Post World Net company, earned a SmartWay Partner designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency based on its efforts to maximize fuel efficiency and reduce emissions in its transportation brokerage operations.

The SmartWay Transport Partnership, developed by EPA in cooperation with the U.S. freight industry, is an effort to reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution, and promote cleaner, more efficient ground freight transportation. EPA awarded ETS the designation after reviewing the company’s percentage of freight shipped by SmartWay Transport carriers and the amount of greenhouse gas emitted by its freight operations.

“At ETS, we’re committed to supporting green initiatives and providing environmentally friendly services,” says Jim Damman, president of Westerville, Ohio-based ETS. “The SmartWay Transport Partner designation recognizes our efforts to maximize fuel efficiency and reduce emissions while continuing to provide our customers the most reliable and cost-effective transport operations.”

As a SmartWay Transport Partner, ETS is responsible for shipping 50 percent of its customer freight via SmartWay Transport Partnership carriers and to provide annual progress reports to EPA.

According to EPA estimates, participating SmartWay Transport Partnership companies will cut carbon dioxide emissions between 33 and 66 million metric tons per year and nitrogen oxide emissions by 200,000 tons per year by 2012. This reduction would be equivalent to removing up to 12 million cars from the road or saving up to 150 million barrels of oil annually.

ETS is the second transportation team within Exel to earn the SmartWay designation. In 2007, Exel’s managed transportation operations earned the SmartWay Partner designation and subsequently achieved an Environmental Excellence Award for its contributions to reduce climate change emissions and other air pollutants. Recipients are chosen based on their commitment, progressive action and innovation, as well as the impact of their examples on the entire freight industry.

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In addition to helping customers reduce their carbon emissions, Deutsche Post World Net, the parent of Exel, has set its own carbon efficiency target: By 2020 the Group plans to improve efficiency of its own as well as its subcontractors’ operations by 30 percent.

ETS provides third-party transportation brokerage and intermodal services via its network of more than 80 offices throughout North America.