ARLINGTON, Va. (April 25, 2016) —The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given the American Trucking Associations (ATA) its sixth SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Award for the trade group's work in increasing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions in the trucking industry.
“EPA commends the Affiliate Challenge honorees for their extraordinary level of commitment, enthusiasm, and creativity in supporting EPA's SmartWay program and sustainable transportation,” said Christopher Grundler, director of the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality.
ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said that “for nearly a decade, ATA has been proud to work with the EPA in what we believe is a model for the public and private sectors cooperating to address a significant challenge.
“The effort of industry and government working together to reduce fuel use and emissions is commendable and we look forward to many more years of fruitful partnership with EPA.”
The ATA previously won SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Awards in 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, according to an ATA press release.
Since the inception of the SmartWay Transport Partnership, ATA members and other SmartWay partners have saved nearly $25 billion in fuel and more than 170 million barrels of oil, according to the ATA. They also have eliminated 73 million metric tons of carbon emissions, 1.5 million tons of nitrogen oxide and 72,000 tons of particulate matter.