HR Ewell Inc., a regional mid-Atlantic food grade products carrier, announced that it has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership Program, an innovative collaboration between EPA and the freight industry to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution.
EPA launched SmartWay in 2004 to address the environmental and economic challenges surrounding growth in the freight industry. Through the program, EPA now is working with more than 1,000 businesses to improve both their bottom line and the environment by offering technical assistance, tools for evaluating opportunities to lower fuel use and emissions, and help in locating financing for the purchase of fuel-saving equipment and technology.
Through EPA’s program, trucking and logistics companies have committed to measuring and improving the efficiency of their freight operations using the EPA-developed F.L.E.E.T. (Fleet Logistics Energy and Environmental Tracking) Performance Model. Carriers and logistics companies must agree to improve their performance within three years and also must sign the SmartWay Transport Partnership Agreement.
“HR Ewell has made significant strides in going green, and this is just another way of supporting the initiative to reduce emissions and reduce costs,” says Randy Sheeler, vice president of operations for the East Earl, Pa.-based company. It’s important to understand the commitment that trucking companies have to the environment we work in, as well as our commitment to the customers, the public and drivers we employ.”