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) SmartWaySM 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:
* 11,479 tons of carbon dioxide emissions– a 44.6% reduction over a fleet with no modifications;
* 58.9 tons of nitrous oxide emissions– a 78.6% reduction over a fleet with no modifications; and
* 1.1tons of particulate matter – a 48.0% reduction over a fleet with no modifications.
Other initiatives the company supported in 2008 to reduce emissions and fuel consumption included:
* Continued financial incentives for drivers who focus on fuel efficiency and minimizing idle time. All Duplainville Transport drivers qualified for incentives in 2008.
* Putting into service 10 new SmartWay-certified trailers with aerodynamic features. The new trailers improve mileage up to ½-mile per gallon, helping the company’s fleet mileage average increase to 7.47 mpg in October 2009, up from 6.47 mpg in October 2008.
* Installing speed controls in all trucks to limit maximum speed to 65 mph and requesting all drivers to drive 60 mph.
"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."