ATLANTA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently named Georgia-Pacific Corporation a SmartWay Excellence Award winner for 2009, recognizing the company for its outstanding environmental performance, according to Reliable Plant.
The SmartWay Transport Partnership is an innovative collaboration between the EPA and the freight industry designed to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing air pollution, the story stated.
Georgia-Pacific, which joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership in 2008, has reduced the total miles traveled from their manufacturing facilities to customer delivery points by about four million miles in the past year, resulting in a fuel savings of roughly 2.6 million gallons, the story noted.
The company has also begun using special software to help better pack product loads, gaining useable space in the trailer and thus reducing the number of trucks on the road, the story added.
Margo Oge, director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality for the EPA, said: "I commend Georgia-Pacific for its leadership in promoting sustainable transportation practices through the SmartWay Transport Partnership. These actions demonstrate a commitment to a cleaner environment and more secure energy supply."
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