A & R renews environmental efforts with SmartWay

A&R Logistics of Louisville, Ky. announced the renewal of its partnership with SmartWay, a public-private initiative between the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), freight transportation companies and federal and state agencies.

The purpose of the program is to reduce transportation-related emissions and minimize environmental risk through various technologies and strategies.

As a SmartWay partner, A&R Logistics has demonstrated that it has taken steps to improve efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint, including using performance-based quantification and reporting tools to measure energy and environmental efficiency. Tractors and trailers must also meet requirements to reduce fuel consumption by 10 to 20 percent, which can save from 2,000 to 4,000 gallons of diesel per truck per year.

“This partnership is a perfect fit for us and what we’re doing,” said A&R President Rich Mitchell. “Over the past two years, we’ve made significant investments in equipment, technology and training. That includes a new fleet, fully compliant with new fuel- efficiency and emission standards. New on-board scales are also being implemented fleet-wide to help optimize load capacity, resulting in fewer trips and reducing the company’s carbon footprint. More and more, customers expect sustainable business practices and social responsibility from the companies they do business with. I think they should demand it.”

A&R Logistics, Inc. provides dry bulk transportation, packaging, distribution and logistics services to the chemical and plastic industries.