Schneider Logistics earns SmartWay partner distinction

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Schneider Logistics announced that it recently was named a SmartWay Transport Partner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its responsible environmental management of its network of 1,200 third-party transportation carriers and commitment to improving its environmental performance.

Launched in 2004, the SmartWay Transport Partnership is a voluntary collaboration between EPA and the freight industry to increase energy efficiency while striving to reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution. “Schneider has a 30-plus-year history of environmental stewardship and an abiding enterprise-wide commitment to reducing our carbon footprint,” says Tom Escott, president of Green Bay, Wis.-based Schneider Logistics. “It’s critical we extend that commitment to the large carrier base that services our contract logistics customers. It’s one more way we can ensure we’re all doing our part to conserve and preserve our environment for future generations.”

Within the last 12 months, 71 percent of the miles in the Schneider Logistics freight management network moved on SmartWay-certified third-party carriers. That effort, combined with an environmental assessment of its freight operations, led to Schneider Logistics’ EPA ranking as one of the top environmental performers in the industry and being named a SmartWay Partner.

“I commend Schneider Logistics for their leadership in promoting sustainable transportation practices through the SmartWay Transport Partnership,” says Margo T. Oge, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “This demonstrates a commitment to a cleaner environment and more secure energy supply.”

As a new SmartWay Transport Partner, Schneider Logistics says it will:

  • Increase its SmartWay carrier usage by 10 percent, in turn decreasing the companies’ collective carbon footprints;
  • As allowed by the customer, give SmartWay Transport Partner carriers an advantage in the freight bidding process;
  • Work with logistics customers to implement a no-idle policy when waiting to be loaded or unloaded at their facilities;
  • Recruit carriers to become SmartWay members; and
  • Educate Schneider employees about their own personal carbon footprints, encouraging them to do their part to preserve and protect our natural resources.
  • Schneider National was a charter member and the first truckload carrier to join the SmartWay Transport Partnership. The company received SmartWay’s Environmental Excellence Awards for leadership in energy conservation and emissions reduction practices in both 2006 and 2007 – the first two years the award was presented. Of SmartWay’s 600-plus partners, Schneider is one of just 34 companies to receive this distinction.

    In May 2008, Schneider National announced its plans to operate the most energy-efficient fleet in the industry. The effort was announced at a news conference in Washington, D.C., as the American Trucking Associations unveiled its strategies for minimizing the carbon footprint of the trucking industry.