DENVER, Oct. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the Colorado Motor Carriers Association's annual convention in Steamboat Springs, Colo. last month, the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) and Colorado Motor Carriers Association (CMCA) recognized two trucking fleets for their contributions and efforts toward reducing diesel emissions and energy utilization. Both areas are identified by the federal and state government as important goals in regard to lessening greenhouse gases, as well as making our country less dependent on foreign oil.
The two fleets recognized in 2016 by the RAQC and CMCA as Green Fleets for their leadership and commitment to improving the environment include:
- Tom Calabrese Trucking – Commerce City, Colorado – Jerry Calabrese
- Walmart Transportation – Loveland, Colorado – Craig Boyle
Both of the Green Fleets adopted technologies and strategies certified under the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay program, which led to greater fuel efficiency and reduced diesel emissions. These technologies included the use of:
- Aerodynamic technologies such as trailer skirts, fins, tractor fairings and low rolling resistance tires.
- Idle and emission reduction applications including auxiliary power units, engine pre-heaters and diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs).
The awards were presented by Steve McCannon of the Regional Air Quality Council which oversees Colorado's Front Range efforts to improve air quality. One aspect of these efforts is its Clean Air Fleets (CAF) program, which is a public-private initiative to help on- and off-road diesel fleet operators voluntarily reduce diesel emissions while saving money.
"The Green Fleet Awards and EPA SmartWay program are a win-win for the public and private sector," said McCannon. "The technologies and strategies within the SmartWay program that have been adopted by these Green Fleet recipients not only help to reduce emissions and conserve energy but also allow them to improve their bottom line. We appreciate our partnership with EPA and CMCA on this program as well as our program manager, Rush Truck Centers, who has helped many of our fleet owners in understanding and implementing these new technologies." McCannon noted that the grant funds provided through EPA SmartWay have allowed a number of companies to test and see for themselves the benefits that may be accrued with these technologies.
CMCA President, Greg Fulton, remarked that "Our association and industry recognize the importance of our environment and we are committed to doing our part to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gases in our state. We appreciate and commend these Green Fleet award winners for their adoption and implementation of environmental sustainability strategies relating to our industry."
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SOURCE Colorado Motor Carriers Association