The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Lowe’s Companies, Inc. a 2014 SmartWay Excellence Award, in honor of the retailer’s environmental performance in supply chain operations and transportation initiatives as a full service moving company.
Lowe’s was one of 11 companies to receive this award, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s nearly 3,000 transport partners. The award recognizes the retailer for its efforts to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency across the freight industry. Lowe’s became the only retail shipper partner ever to receive six SmartWay awards, according to the retailer.
For more than a decade, Lowe’s has worked with carriers and environmental partners to reduce fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Today, two-thirds of Lowe’s import containers are transported by trucks that are 2007 models or newer. To reduce operational costs and emissions, Lowe’s continues to expand the use of trucks powered by natural gas, which is said to be a cleaner and more economical alternative to diesel fuel. Natural gas trucks are now active at Lowe’s regional distributions centers in seven states, including a fully dedicated fleet that ships products out of Lowe’s distribution center in Mount Vernon, TX. By the end of 2014, the company expects to service more than 20% of Lowe’s stores with natural gas trucks.