Seko Logistics has submitted and received approval for its latest data update with the SmartWay Transportation Partnership, an innovative collaboration between the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry that provides a framework to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of goods moving in supply chains.
As a SmartWay Partner, Seko will continue to contribute to the Partnership's savings of 144.3 million barrels of oil, $20.6 billion in fuel costs, 61.7 MMT of carbon dioxide (CO2), 1,070,000 tons of nitrogen oxides, and 43,000 tons of particulate matter, the equivalent of taking 13 million cars off the road. Carbon dioxide is the most common greenhouse gas, and nitrogen oxide is an air pollutant that contributes to smog.
Rick Lee, COO USA at Seko stated: "We are pleased to have fulfilled the SmartWay Partnership requirements for 2015 as part of our commitment to environmental efficient freight transportation. We know SmartWay is important to our customers. The program has expanded and evolved to a level of sophistication that is producing measurable results for the industry as a whole.
As a 3PL we look forward to partnering with carriers that are modernizing their fleets and to formalising our carrier and partner selection process to include more precise metrics as to fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. By participating in SmartWay, we now have analytics and reports to better manage our carrier relationships, allowing us to focus more on the carriers that are investing in their future with more modern and fuel efficient fleets. This will assist us tremendously in our partnerships with the carrier community by creating a more transparent framework for collaboration."
Developed jointly in early 2003 by EPA and Charter Partners represented by industry stakeholders, environmental groups, American Trucking Associations, and Business for Social Responsibility, this innovative program celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2014. Partners rely upon SmartWay tools and approaches to track and reduce emissions and fuel use from goods movement. The Partnership currently has over 3,000 Partners including shippers, logistics companies, truck, rail, barge, and multimodal carriers.