Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cardinal Health and the EPA's SmartWay Transport Partnership Program Agency

The DOE's National Clean Fleets Partnership initiative complements the EPA’s SmartWay Transport partnership program, which is a program designed to reduce emissions in the freight industry.

As reported in Environmental Leader, the partnership brings together major freight shippers, trucking companies, distribution firms and trade associations in an effort to reduce emissions. The partnership aims to save 1.5 billion gallons of fuel, $3.6 billion in fuel costs, 14.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 215,000 tons of nitrogen oxides and 8,000 tons of particulate matter.

Cardinal Health is a $99 billion health care services company, it has earned the top score in the SmartWay Carrier Partnership and is in the top five percent of all companies in the Shipper Partnership

“We’re proud to join the SmartWay Transport Partnership and to be recognized by the U.S. EPA for our work in the area of environmental sustainability,” said Frank Macielak, vice president of environment, health and safety for Cardinal Health. “This is an important milestone as we strive to reduce our carbon footprint and improve our overall sustainability efforts.”

As a SmartWay Transport Partner, Cardinal Health has committed to improve its environmental performance by measuring its current environmental performance with the SmartWay Transport FLEET (Fleet Logistics Energy and Environmental Tracking) Performance Model for carriers. They are also creating an action plan for improving the environmental performance of its fleet within three years and reporting to the EPA annually regarding its progress toward achieving its environmental goals.

As an EPA SmartWay Shipper Partner, Cardinal Health has committed to shipping at least 50 percent of its goods using SmartWay Truck Carrier Partners. They are also adopting recommended SmartWay Transport Shipper Strategies, which range from implementing ‘no idling’ policies to incorporating warehouse improvements that reduce emissions.

© 2011, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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