xpedx Earns EPA SmartWay (SM) Transport Partner Certificate

Cincinnati: xpedx has earned the US Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay (SM) Transport Partner certificate, reflecting its commitment to improve the environmental performance of its freight delivery operations. xpedx is a business of International Paper.

To become a SmartWay Transport Partner, xpedx is measuring the current environmental performance of its fleet of more than 700 trucks and committing to improve the fleet's performance within three years. By defining clear and achievable goals for its delivery operations, xpedx is actively addressing greenhouse gas emissions and air quality.

xpedx is committed to maintain sustainable operations, offer sustainable product choices and provide leadership in sustainable business practices for its customers and suppliers.

"xpedx's work with SmartWay will serve to improve our business and the environment at the same time," says Dave Wallace, xpedx's director, sustainability. "We'll achieve both goals by adding cost-saving, fuel efficient technology and strategies to our large fleet."

xpedx measured the current environmental performance of its fleet with the SmartWay Transport Fleet Logistics Energy and Environmental Tracking (FLEET) Performance Model to earn the recognition. It has also deployed Xata's XATANET solution, an onboard truck computer system, to track driver performance and diesel fuel usage.

"xpedx is using the information to improve our fleet's efficiency and use less fuel," says Frank DeLost, xpedx's director, supply chain logistics. "These are important elements in our work toward sustainability across our supply chain."

Additional sustainability initiatives from xpedx this year include:

Earning the US EPA's ENERGY STAR status in nine of its largest US distribution locations.Implementing a national recycling program to reduce its waste by 10 percent annually in the next three years. Developing a sustainability survey / scorecard that the business began applying to its supply chain this year.

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