For the second year in a row, Penske Logistics of Berks County was recently recognized as one of 75 supply chain companies considered unique for “measurable green results and sustainability innovation.”
The company had a “24 percent reduction in carbon-dioxide emission on a grams-per-mile basis and experienced a 16 percent drop in idle hours annually,” said Alen Beljin, Penske public relations manager of the primarily diesel truck fleet
The success resulted from a combination of factors that include many newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles, governors that control top speed and acceleration, increased driver training and better route management to reach a destination more directly, Beljin said.
“We have a fleet of about 2,900, so we have about 2,900 drivers on the road,” Beljin said. “We also have newer trucks with newer technology made to be more sustainable. We already have vehicles in our fleet that conform to the 2010 national emission standards.”
The newer vehicles and practices are more efficient and help save money while being more environmentally friendly.
“Better miles per gallon and teaching drivers how to drive better also translates to less cost to the environment,” Beljin said. “All are general factors that led to our selection.”
Nearly 75 percent of carriers used by the Penske Logistics are partners of the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program. The company’s dedicated fleet reduced carbon-dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2011 to 2012, the equivalent of removing more than 16,000 passenger vehicles using 8.8 million gallons of gasoline annually from the road.
“We are honored to have been recognized by Inbound Logistics for our sustainability efforts,” said Drew Cullen, Penske vice president of fuels and telecommunications. “We continue to be committed to reducing our environmental impact through our programs and our partners.”
Penske is a SmartWay trucking carrier and logistics partner. Its parent company, Penske Truck Leasing, was recently named one of seven winners of the EPA’s 2013 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Award for the period from March 2012 to March 2013.
SmartWay is an EPA program that reduces transportation-related emissions by creating incentives to improve supply chain fuel efficiency in five parts: a transport partnership, a finance program, seeking international interests, a technology program and indentifying efficient vehicles.