ShipCarsNow, a wholly owned Union Pacific Railroad subsidiary, received the 2014 SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual honor recognizes the top 1 percent of EPA partners that have optimized their freight management operation's environmental performance and efficiency. ShipCarsNow is the first railroad logistics company to receive the award.
ShipCarsNow received the award based on its ability to reduce fuel consumption and associated greenhouse gases through innovative transportation offerings, and by effectively hauling more than 90 percent of its freight ton miles with environmentally and energy-efficient SmartWay carriers.
"ShipCarsNow strives to protect the environment and reduce emissions by leveraging multi-modal options and SmartWay carriers to move goods in the most efficient way possible," said Marty Coalson, president of ShipCarsNow. "Collaborating with the EPA and sharing best practices with our customers helps create socially responsible supply chains."
ShipCarsNow is one of 11 companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay's nearly 3,000 partners. The shipper and logistics excellence awardees were honored at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Annual Global Conference.
"On the occasion of our 10-year anniversary, the EPA applauds this year's SmartWay Excellence Award recipients," said Chris Grundler, director-EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality. "These firms are leading their business community to a cleaner, more efficient and sustainable future for goods movement. The award recipients' efforts foster a more sustainable economy and strengthen energy security while generating environmental results."
Launched in 2004, SmartWay is an EPA program that reduces transportation-related emissions by creating incentives to improve supply chain fuel efficiency. SmartWay award selection is based on environmental performance and, at the request of SmartWay partners, this years' multi-modal carrier, shipper and logistics company semi-finalists were invited to submit supplemental documentation demonstrating environmental leadership.