EPA recognizes 2021 SmartWay winners


As the Dallas-Fort Worth Area continues to work toward compliance with the federal government's ozone standards, there are many tools used to try to minimize the impact of transportation on the air we breathe.


One of those tools is an Environmental Protection Agency program called SmartWay.


SmartWay is a voluntary, public-private program that helps the freight industry reduce fleet emissions, improve fuel economy and increase energy efficiency. The EPA recently honored 25 firms with operations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with SmartWay Excellence Awards, given to companies that display leadership in environmental performance and energy efficiency. In all, 60 companies across the country were recognized for their efforts to improve air quality. Awardees were chosen from nearly 4,000 companies and organizations across North America and ranked among the top 2% of performers in freight sustainability. They met the highest benchmarks in such areas as innovation, freight efficiency and leadership within their respective industries. The North Central Texas Council of Governments joined the SmartWay Transport Program as an affiliate in October 2006. In this role, NCTCOG promotes SmartWay initiatives throughout the area as a tool to help partners involved in the freight industry to continue to improve their operational efficiency. Policies that improve air quality are important in Dallas-Fort Worth as 10 of the region’s counties do not meet ozone emissions standards as set by the EPA. For a list of the recipients of SmartWay awards with regional operations, visit https://www.nctcog.org/trans/quality/air/for-fleets/smartway.

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