MARCH 20, 2014 — Ingram Barge Company is to participate in the new Barge Freight component of the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a public-private partnership between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry freight carriers and freight users aimed at reducing carbon, oxides of nitrogen and particulate matter emissions.
Ingram has been involved with the EPA in helping to develop, test and pilot the tool since 2010 and hopes that others will follow its lead in committing to improve efficiency and reduce pollution.
SmartWay, currently composed of over 3,000 truck and rail carriers and the shippers that hire them, is adding a new Barge Freight component this year. The SmartWay Program aims to reduce emissions in order to help companies use less fuel, leading to cost and environmental savings. The new Barge Freight component of SmartWay will help shippers to more completely determine the carbon produced by their freight supply chains, and to see the clear environmental benefits of moving freight via barge transport.
Today, SmartWay acknowledged and thanked the sustained efforts of Ingram Barge Company. Ingram has focused on fuel efficiency improvements for over a decade, and Ingram¹s membership in the EPA¹s SmartWay Transport Partnership since February 4, 2010, demonstrates to customers and communities alike, a commitment of increased fuel efficiency and emission reductions.
"We are glad to welcome barge and towboat operators to the SmartWay family of partners who recognize the business rewards and environmental benefits of supply chain efficiency," says Chris Grundler, Director of EPA¹s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. "By participating in EPA's SmartWay Transport Partnership, these companies will join other partners, including truck, rail, logistics and multimodal carriers, as well as shippers, in finding ways to reduce their operating costs while moving America towards a healthier and more sustainable future."