DHL achieves U.S. EPA 2014 SmartWay Excellence Award

DHL was honoured with a SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for being an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.

SmartWay identifies DHL Express U.S. for its efforts to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions during operations. Recently, the company introduced a telematics tool to 1,400 of its vehicles.

DHL was one of 44 carriers to receive this merit, showcasing the best environmental performers of company’s 3000 Partners. The awardees were honoured at American Trucking Associations Annual Management Conference & Exhibition held in San Diego, California on October 7, 2014.

Leveraging GPS satellite location data and information from the vehicle’s on-board systems to report accurate vehicle position, the technology improved routing, fuel consumption, driver behaviour and maintenance management were some introduced features to bring efficiencies among pick-up and delivery fleet.

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Environmental protection and sustainability is fully integrated into the DHL culture and it is a honour to be selected as a leader in environmental performance, said, Mike Parra, CEO, DHL Express U.S.

DHL preferred deploying alternative fuel vehicles and at present company maintains 312 LPG vehicles with plans to roll out another 106 this year.

Besides, DHL employs a fleet of 54 hybrid step vans, 30 Ford Transit Connect plug-in electric compact cargo vans and 400 Mercedes Sprinter vans equipped with BlueTec clean diesel technology. In Manhattan, DHL operates an entire green fleet with 80 hybrid and battery electric vehicles.

SmartWay carriers deserve gratitude for a decade of progress in cutting carbon pollution and other air pollutants. They have reduced thousands of tons of dangerous pollutants and raised the bar on a sustainable transportation future, all while saving money in fuel costs, said, Chris Grundler, director, Transportation & Air Quality, EPA.

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