posted by William R. Stott
Published: October 12, 2009
For leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from its freight operations, commercial printer Quad/Graphics has received its fourth consecutive Environmental Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership.
"This award highlights the fact that a company can achieve its business goals year after year while at the same time reducing its environmental impact," said Joel Quadracci, Quad/Graphics President & CEO. "Quad/Graphics has always conducted business in an environmentally responsible manner, so making a long-term commitment to a worthy initiative like the SmartWay Transport Partnership comes naturally for us."
Quad/Graphics is one of just 37 companies and organizations - and the only commercial printer - from among the Partnership's more than 2,100 participants to receive this year's Environmental Excellence Award. More significantly, the printer is only one of four carriers and shippers to earn the award four consecutive years. Quad/Graphics also won in 2006, 2007 and 2008 for the environmental achievements of its freight subsidiary Duplainville Transport, which operates a fleet of semi-trailer trucks.
During 2008 Duplainville Transport achieved significant improvements in fleet performance as it pertains to emissions reductions and fuel efficiency, avoiding:
Other initiatives the company supported in 2008 to reduce emissions and fuel consumption included:
"EPA is pleased to recognize the SmartWay Partners with the 2009 Excellence Awards. I commend Quad/Graphics for its leadership in promoting sustainable transportation practices through the SmartWay Transport Partnership," said Margo T. Oge, Director of EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality. "Their actions demonstrate a commitment to a cleaner environment and a more secure energy supply."
SmartWay Transport Partnership
The SmartWay Transport Partnership was introduced in 2004 as an innovative, market-based partnership to reduce fuel use, greenhouse gas emissions, and air pollutants from the freight sector. Today, more than 2,100 businesses and organizations have joined. Together these companies are conserving almost 540 million gallons of diesel fuel per year, saving at least $2 billion in annual fuel and maintenance costs and eliminating an estimated 6 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming.