Penske Logistics expands SmartWay commitment

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Penske Logistics today, May 28, announced an expanded commitment to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership, a move that the company says underscores its commitment to environmentally responsible operations. Penske Logistics says it now is also certified for its transportation management approaches as a logistics provider and has earned the EPA program’s highest rating of 1.25, representing outstanding environmental performance.

“As a lead logistics provider and manager of other third-party carriers on behalf of our customers, the majority of the carriers we use are in the SmartWay program,” says Vince Hartnett, president of Penske Logistics, based in Reading, Pa. “Our preference is to use SmartWay carriers as our first choice when possible and to encourage all the carriers doing business with us to join the program.”

Penske Logistics says its efforts will contribute to SmartWay’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 freight operations. Carbon dioxide is the most common greenhouse gas, and nitrogen oxide is an air pollutant that contributes to smog.

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 and logistics companies 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 nearly 1,900 partners. For more information, go to

Penske Truck Leasing says its entire organization demonstrates a strong commitment to SmartWay: Penske Truck Leasing is a SmartWay Transport Affiliate, and Penske Truck Rental and Penske Logistics are carrier partners in the program and have earned the highest EPA performance scores of 1.25 representing outstanding environmental performance.