The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership is a program to demonstrate a company’s commitment to freight supply chain sustainability. SmartWay was launched in 2004 by the EPA and leaders in the freight industry as a voluntary, market-driven initiative to move goods efficiently with fuel-saving techniques and strategies. There are now over 3,500 companies in SmartWay. EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership helps companies and organizations achieve their freight supply chain sustainability goals by providing credible tools, data and standards for measuring, benchmarking and improving environmental performance.
Smartway Excellence Awards
McDonald’s distribution companies all participate in SmartWay as carrier partners and Armada participates as a logistic partner. Armada won the SmartWay Excellence Award in 2015 and 2018 and has led the effort in collecting data from the McDonald’s freight network to complete the SmartWay tool submission each year since 2016. In 2017, McDonald’s won the EPA SmartWay Shipper Award due to the efforts by the freight network to reduce emissions. After only three years of its EPA partnership, McDonald’s has been selected as a semi-finalist for this year and, if selected as a finalist, it will join a short list of companies that have won the award more than once.
The EPA SmartWay program has been recognizing partners for the past 11 years. The annual EPA SmartWay Excellence Award honors top shipping and logistics company partners for superior environmental performance and additional actions to reduce freight emissions through effective collaboration, operational practices, a robust system for validating and reporting SmartWay data and communications and public outreach. Over the past 11 years, 234 partners have been recognized with an EPA SmartWay Excellence Award and, of that, 106 have received the award more than once.