Washington—On Tuesday, Earth Day, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the National Retail Federation (NRF) with its 2014 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge in recognition to the NRF’s support for policies and practices that reduce truck emissions and enhance freight efficiency.
“I commend the National Retail Federation for its level of commitment, enthusiasm and creativity in promoting EPA’s SmartWay program and sustainable transportation” EPA Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality Chris Grundler said. “NRF’s work in this arena brings us all closer to achieving the shared goals of clean freight and clean air.”
The SmartWay Affiliate Challenge is a national challenge developed by the EPA to acknowledge organizations that do an exceptional job supporting the partnership’s freight sustainability goals.
NRF held a session titled “The Smart Way to Carbon Accounting in the Supply Chain” at its 2013 Global Supply Chain Summit. The session focused on the benefits of the SmartWay program and how businesses can reduce their overall supply chain carbon footprint.
“The SmartWay program is a valuable resource for retailers looking for new ways to build leaner and greener supply chains,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Our members are very conscious of the fact that the retail industry is a key link in the supply chain and are making smart and sustainable choices to reduce their carbon footprint.”
EPA launched SmartWay in 2004 to help business improve the sustainability of their freight supply chains. Today the Partnership consists of nearly 3,000 Partners, representing a cross section of the freight supply chain industry. As of today, SmartWay Partners have saved 120.7 million barrels of oil. This is equivalent to taking over 10 million cars off the road for an entire year. SmartWay’s clean air achievements (51.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxides far) help protect the health and well-being of citizens while contributing to our nation’s economic and energy security. www.epa.gov/smartway