SAN DIEGO — Michelin North America Inc. earned a SmartWay Excellence Award recently from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for outstanding environmental performance and leadership.
Michelin was one of 17 shipper and logistics companies — and only tire company — to receive this distinction at the American Trucking Associations' (ATA) recent Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.
The award — which recognizes the best environmental performers among SmartWay's 3,700 partners — is the EPA's highest recognition for leadership in freight, supply chain, energy and environmental performance, achieved by improving freight efficiency and contributing to cleaner air throughout the supply chain.
"At Michelin, we innovate passionately to make road mobility safer, more convenient and environmentally friendly in all areas of our business," MNA Chairman and President Alexis Garcin said.
This is the second time Michelin has earned the SmartWay Excellence Award for outstanding environmental performance leadership.
"This honor affirms the industry-leading positions Michelin has in sustainable mobility," Mr. Garcin added.
As part of its sustainability efforts, Michelin continually analyzes shipping routes to optimize freight flow and reduce empty miles and has developed the Michelin Environmental Footprint indicator, which helps the company reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water and energy consumption, and material impacts on the environment.
Michelin said it strives to reduce power consumption, optimize the layout and favor multimodal solutions at each factory and warehouse to reduce the impact on the environment.
The companies selected for the award this year are the top 2% of environmental performers among all SmartWay Partners, according to Sarah Dunham, EPA director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality.
"They are redefining best practices for freight transport by reducing fuel costs and improving the public health of the communities they serve."
On the product side, Michelin makes a portfolio of SmartWay-verified tires and retreads as well as the new EnergyGuard aerodynamic trailer system, allowing the transportation industry to operate more efficiently.