Hirschbach Receives 2017 SmartWay Excellence Award
DUBUQUE, Iowa (October 25, 2017) – Hirschbach Motor Lines was honored Monday with a SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency. This marks the second year the company has received the award having also been honored in 2016. Hirschbach has deployed the latest in aerodynamic technologies, green-initiative policies, and software designed to route and fuel equipment with carbon reduction in mind. Through a concerted effort, the Hirschbach team has increased miles per gallon by 3.4% and reduced carbon dioxide output per mile by 3.2%.
“Hirschbach continues to work hard to find the balance between driver comfort, customer requirements, and driving down carbon emissions,” said John Vesey, Operations, Operations Support Manager of Hirschbach. “Each of these are difficult in and of themselves, but the strategies between the three can be challenging. Being an EPA SmartWay Excellence Awardee for the second consecutive year is yet another incentive to continue our due diligence to our drivers, customers, and the environment.”
“We’re very proud to have earned this award for a 2nd straight year,” said Brad Pinchuk, President and CEO of Hirschbach. “Receiving this award is a reflection of a lot of hard work on the part of our professional mechanics and drivers who take great pride in how they maintain and operate our equipment to maximize fuel economy,” He went on to say, “I would also like to commend John Vesey for his hard work and leadership in this area.”
Hirschbach was one of 62 companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s 3600 Partners. The Excellence Awardees were honored at the American Trucking Associations Management & Exhibition Annual Conference held in Orlando, Florida on October 23, 2017.
“Since 2004, EPA and the business community have collaborated through the SmartWay Partnership to reduce the economic and environmental costs of goods movement, a vital sector of our national economy,” said Christopher Grundler, Director of the EPA’s Office of Transportation & Air Quality, “This year’s award-winning freight carriers, shippers and third-party logistics companies demonstrate that they can move more goods, more miles, while using less fuel. These firms are not only serving the growing needs of their customers – they are also doing their part to keep our environment clean and protect human health.”
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. Demonstrating a commitment to corporate sustainability and social responsibility through SmartWay provides for a more competitive and sustainable business environment. Since 2004, SmartWay Partners have avoided emitting more than 94 million metric tons of air pollutants, while saving more than 197 million barrels of oil and $27.8 billion in fuel costs – equivalent to eliminating the annual energy use of over 12 million homes. SmartWay also contributes to cleaner air and healthier citizens by significantly reducing emissions of the pollution that contributes to smog, including fine particulate matter and nitrogen oxides.
More information on SmartWay in general: http://www.epa.gov/smartway/
SmartWay Excellence Award: https://www.epa.gov/smartway/smartway-excellence-awardees