General Motors is joining the voluntary EPA SmartWay partnership, which GM says will drive benchmarking of fuel consumption and reduction of emissions by its freight shippers and carriers with the goal of further shrinking the company’s carbon footprint.
GM will collect its shipping activity data, including which carriers the company uses to ship freight, the number of miles traveled and freight weight. Combining this information with carrier data, including equipment and service type, GM and its SmartWay partner carriers can develop plans to further reduce carbon emissions.
GM will encourage its logistics carriers that are not part of the SmartWay partnership to become members and take advantage of tips and training to help save fuel and money, and reduce air pollution and emissions that contribute to climate change.
According to the EPA, 28 percent of greenhouse gas emissions are produced by the transportation sector. Of that percentage, approximately 30 percent is freight related.
In its 2012 Sustainability Report, GM identified its supply chain as one of 10 material issues facing the company with respect to its economic, environmental and social impacts. In 2012, the company engaged its logistics suppliers to make the most of routing, reducing greenhouse gases by 62,000 tons.
Best Buy, Johnson & Johnson and Lowe’s are among the 55 companies honored by the EPA as industry leaders in supply chain environmental and energy efficiency with its 2013 SmartWay Excellence Awards.