OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN), a premier transportation and logistics provider, was honored for the second consecutive year with a SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Recognized as a leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency, this year Werner was honored in two categories – Refrigerated and TL/Dry Van. Werner’s industry-leading sustainability efforts have conserved more than 100 million gallons of fuel since 2007 and reduced its carbon footprint by more than 1 million tons.
“Werner Enterprises is honored to be recognized with the SmartWay Excellence Award,” said Steve Phillips, senior vice president of Fleet Resources. “We have more than 11,000 associates who take great pride in our sustainability efforts, and this award is an acknowledgement those efforts are paying off. Our commitment to sustainability initiatives has helped us improve year over year, and we will continue to do our best to help protect the environment for generations to come.”
Werner was one of 55 companies selected, representing the top 2 percent of environmental performers among the approximately 3,000 SmartWay Partners. All carrier awardees were recognized Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the American Trucking Associations (ATA) Annual Management Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, California.
“SmartWay carriers deserve our gratitude for a decade of progress in cutting carbon pollution while saving their customer money in fuel costs," said Chris Grundler, director of the EPA’s Office of Transportation & Air Quality. "They have reduced thousands of tons of dangerous pollutants and climate altering greenhouse gases while raising the bar on a sustainable transportation future.”
About Werner Enterprises
Werner Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1956 and is a premier transportation and logistics company, with coverage throughout North America, Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and Australia. Werner maintains its global headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska and maintains offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and Australia. Werner is among the five largest truckload carriers in the United States, with a diversified portfolio of transportation services that includes dedicated van, temperature-controlled and flatbed; medium-to-long-haul, regional and local van; and expedited services. Werner's Value Added Services portfolio includes freight management, truck brokerage, intermodal and international services. International services are provided through Werner’s domestic and global subsidiary companies and include ocean, air and ground transportation; freight forwarding; and customs brokerage.
Werner Enterprises, Inc.’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select MarketSM under the symbol “WERN”. For further information about Werner, visit the company’s website at www.werner.com.
EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership is celebrating 10 years as 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 120.7 million barrels of oil and $16.8 billion in fuel costs. SmartWay’s clean air achievements (51.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 738,000 tons of nitrogen oxides and 37,000 tons of particulate matter emissions avoided) help to protect the well-being of citizens.
More information on SmartWay in general: http://www.epa.gov/smartway/
List of Excellence Award recipients: http://epa.gov/smartway/about/sw-awards.htm#aboutawards