The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday paid attention to green trucking companies for their "superior environmental excellence" with an award ceremony today at the American Trucking Associations annual conference in Grapevine, Texas. The EPA and companies in the freight industry have partnered up in the SmartWay Transport Partnership. The Partnership is a way to reduce energy consumption through changing habits and by using new technologies. These technologies should be familiar to AutoblogGreen readers (low rolling resistance tires, reducing engine idling, etc.) and have helped the 450 companies in SmartWay save $1.2 billion in energy costs and stopped four million tons of CO2 from getting into the air we breathe. The EPA estimates that by 2012, annual reductions from the SmartWay program will be between 33 and 66 tons of emitted CO2.
A full list of companies receiving the EPA awards can be found here.