Hirschbach Motor Lines was recently honored with a SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of the top environmental performers and leaders for freight supply chain efficiency. The company has deployed the latest in aerodynamic technologies, green-initiative policies, and software designed to route and fuel equipment with carbon reduction in mind. The Hirschbach team has increased miles per gallon by 3.8% and reduced carbon dioxide output per mile by 3.7%.
“Hirschbach is all-in to continue driving down carbon emissions and decreasing our carbon imprint across the company,” said John Vesey, Hirschbach’s operations support manager. “There are great opportunities developing in equipment and fuel technologies, and we are actively searching for them, as well as testing our current implementations to ensure we stay at the top of the greenest fleets and do our part for the future of the planet.”
“We’re very proud to have earned this award, which signifies our commitment to air quality and fuel efficiency. We have coveted this prestigious award from the EPA’s SmartWay program, which is given to the top 1% of their 3,000+ trucking company members. Receiving this award is a reflection of a lot of hard work on the part of our professional mechanics and drivers who take great pride in how they maintain and operate our equipment to maximize fuel economy,” said Brad Pinchuk, Hirschbach’s president and chief executive officer.
Hirschbach was one of 43 truck carriers to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s 3,500 partners. The carrier Excellence Awardees were honored at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition held in Las Vegas on Oct. 3.
“As the SmartWay program completes its 12th year, EPA recognizes its top Carrier Partners for their commitment to an efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation supply chain,” said Christopher Grundler, EPA’s office director of transportation and air quality. “We all depend on the freight sector, and these award-winning SmartWay carriers have demonstrated that it is possible to compete in this space while placing an emphasis on environmental integrity, allowing for reduced fuel costs which increase revenue while also lowering greenhouse gas emissions.”