Challenger gets nod for doing things the SmartWay

CAMBRIDGE, Ont. — Challenger Motor Freight recently accepted an Environmental Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Transport Partnership.

Challenger received the award for its leadership in conserving energy and lowering greenhouse gas emissions from its transportation and freight activities.

“We believe this award speaks to our vision of being a responsible corporate citizen,” said Enno Jakobson, executive vice-president for Challenger. “Our partnership with SmartWay reaffirms our belief that the programs we’ve established are doing the right things to improve our efficiency and environmental performance.”

In the last 18 months, Challenger has improved its fuel mileage and lowered emissions by working with OEs to develop automatic transmissions that shift at the most efficient RPM possible. In addition, they’ve installed software to monitor fleet driving and braking activity, fortified driver training programs to improve MPG awareness, installed auxiliary power units that run on a fraction of the fuel that idling uses, and implemented a speed management incentive program.

Challenger’s initial three-year goal has been to improve fuel economy by 10 percent and they have already achieved 50 percent of that commitment.

Challenger Motor Freight was one of 27 companies and organizations from among SmartWay’s more than 1,000 Partners (636 truck carriers) to receive this distinction.

Mirroring Canada’s FleetSmart program, SmartWay was introduced by the EPA and a select group of 15 shipping and business leaders in 2004 as an innovative, market-based partnership to reduce fuel use, greenhouse gas emissions, and air pollutants from the freight sector.

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