Load One on Friday, May 15, announced that it has joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a innovative collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the freight industry designed to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution.
Load One, based in Taylor, Mich., says it will contribute to the partnership’s goal to reduce 33 to 66 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and up to 200,000 tons of nitrogen oxide per year by 2012 by improving the environmental performance of its freight operations. Carbon dioxide is the most common greenhouse gas, and nitrogen oxide is an air pollutant that contributes to smog. By joining the SmartWay Transport Partnership, Load One says that it is demonstrating its strong environmental leadership and corporate responsibility.
Load One says it has taken great pride in its teams’ efforts to help the environment; the company implemented a number of ideas, including recycling, energy-efficient lighting, speed reduction and the use of satellite technology to monitor fuel consumption and idle time. The company says these efforts by employees and contractors have helped to increase efficiency and reduce its dependence on fossil fuel.
Launched in February 2004, the SmartWay Transport Partnership aims to achieve fuel savings of up to 150 million barrels of fuel per year. The partnership brings together major freight shippers, trucking companies, railroads, logistics companies and trade/professional associations to pursue mutually beneficial efficiencies that result in emissions reductions and other environmental improvements, as well as cost savings to the companies. The partnership currently has about 1,400 partners.