Navistar announced Thursday, Jan. 29, that it has become the first original equipment manufacturer to receive dual certification by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Navistar is now a SmartWay Transport Partner, becoming the first OEM with SmartWay-certified tractors to also be certified as a transport partner.
The SmartWay Transport Partnership is a voluntary program that recognizes partners for setting and achieving GHG reduction goals in freight transport. The program also helps lower operating costs by reducing fuel surcharges and offers customers EPA-certified fuel-efficient tractors.
“Navistar is one of the largest commercial truck manufacturers in the world, so we ship tons of freight annually between our facilities,” says Edith Ardiente, vice president of environmental affairs for Warrenville, Ill.-based Navistar. “Collaborating with the EPA to set tangible goals to reduce GHG emissions and to offer certified fuel-efficient trucks is beneficial for the environment, the company and our customers.”
To be certified as a transport partner, Navistar volunteered to increase the percentage of freight shipped to and from its facilities by SmartWay-certified shippers to at least 50 percent, and to reduce GHG emissions at its freight facilities. Navistar says it already has exceeded the first goal, with 56 percent of its freight currently shipping the SmartWay. Earlier this year, the company implemented an energy initiative aimed at reducing GHG emissions and simultaneously improving energy efficiencies within its operations.
Navistar produces two trucks — the International LoneStar and International ProStar — with SmartWay certification for aerodynamics and fuel economy.