Des Moines, IA - As evidence of Ruan Transport Corporation's ongoing commitment to improve fuel efficiency while reducing its carbon footprint, Ruan is the newest member of the SmartWaySM Transport Partnership. Originating as an innovative collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the freight industry, the Smartway Transport Partnership was designed to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution. Ruan, one of America's leading commercial carriers, earned the highest possible score in its application review.
"I am pleased to welcome Ruan to the SmartWay Transport Partnership," said Margo T. Oge, Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, EPA. "Ruan joins the Partnership in a commitment to increase fuel efficiency and make freight-related environmental improvements."
Ruan 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.
"Ruan has a long tradition of seeking and implementing strategic fuel conservation measures, which not only controls costs, but helps protect the environment," says Ruan CEO John Ruan III. "The SmartWay designation affirms our commitment to safe, efficient business practices that benefit our customers, employees and the global community."
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 more than 947 Partners.
"Applying for the SmartWay partnership was a significant undertaking, requiring months of data-gathering by a dedicated team. Those efforts paid off when Ruan was awarded the top score possible by the EPA, which is a real point of pride," says Ruan Director of Asset Management Scott Allen. "Ruan's many fuel conservation practices include superior aerodynamic truck design, auxiliary power units, driver training and speed management, and fuel efficient tires, to name a few."
For more information about the SmartWay Transport Partnership visit www.epa.gov/smartway.