PLANTATION, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, has been recognized in the U.S. for a fourth consecutive year with the SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The award honors the company as an industry leader in freight supply-chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.
The EPA recognized DHL for its exceptional environmental performance, which was the result of initiatives and efforts to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions within its operations. This year, the company has spent more than $20 million adding more fuel-efficient vehicles to its fleet. It is committed to growing its number of fully electric vehicles in areas such as the New York metro area and the JFK Airport, a gateway for DHL, where the company will deploy fully electric forklifts. DHL also plans to replace its older-model straight trucks with more fuel-efficient vehicles in 2017, along with replacing tractor trailer combinations to reduce CO2.
“As a company, we take our commitment to the environment very seriously and understand the important role we play in improving logistics efficiency,” said Cain Moodie, Vice President and Head of Operations for DHL Express U.S. “As we continue to grow our U.S. footprint and operations, we will remain dedicated to investing in the best sustainability technologies available.”
DHL was one of 43 truck carrier companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s 3,500 partners. Shipper and logistics award recipients were honored at the 2016 American Trucking Association (ATA) Annual Management Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 3.
“As the SmartWay program completes its 12th year, EPA recognizes its top Carrier Partners for their commitment to an efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation supply chain,” said Christopher Grundler, EPA’s Office Director of Transportation & Air Quality Christopher Grundler. “We all depend on the freight sector, and these award-winning SmartWay carriers have demonstrated that it is possible to compete in this space while placing an emphasis on environmental integrity, allowing for reduced fuel costs which increase revenue while also lowering greenhouse gas emissions.”
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DHL – The logistics company for the world
DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 340,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.
DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 59 billion euros in 2015.
EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership is a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way possible, while protecting public health and reducing the impacts of climate change. Demonstration of a commitment to corporate sustainability and social responsibility through SmartWay provides for a more competitive and environmentally-friendly business environment. Since 2004, SmartWay Partners have saved 170.3 million barrels of oil—the equivalent of eliminating annual energy use in over 6 million homes and $24.9 billion in fuel costs. SmartWay’s clean air achievements (72.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 1,458,000 tons of nitrogen oxides, and 59,000 tons of particulate matter emissions avoided) help to protect the well-being of citizens.
More information on SmartWay in general: www.epa.gov/smartway/
Excellence Award recipients list: www.epa.gov/smartway/smartway-excellence-awardees#tab-1