NFI, a leading supply chain provider, was honored with the SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the fourth time as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency. NFI was one of 40 truck carriers to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s 3,700 partners. The winners were honored at the 2018 American Trucking Associations Annual Management Conference & Exhibition in Austin, Texas on October 29, 2018.
“By utilizing EPA’s eight SmartWay emissions metrics, among other key performance indicators, NFI has continually and diligently worked to reduce the environmental impact throughout the fleets we operate,” said Bill Bliem, Senior Vice President of Fleet Services at NFI. “Our ongoing initiatives across the entire company demonstrate our commitment to sustainability, and we look forward to continuing to help create a greener environment.”
With social responsibility as a core value, NFI has implemented numerous sustainable technologies and continues to explore initiatives across its dedicated fleet of over 2,400 tractors and 9,000 trailers in North America. NFI plans to operate battery electric trucks in 2019 partnering with Daimler and Volvo. The company will run battery electric trucks by Tesla and other manufacturers in 2020. NFI is also testing battery electric yard horse units, Near Zero compressed natural gas trucks using renewable CNG, as well as the viability of class 8 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Further, the company uses battery powered Auxiliary Power Units (APUs), along with aerodynamic components to help enhance fuel efficiency.
“Today, the EPA is honoring top-performing SmartWay Carrier Partners with this year’s 2018 SmartWay Excellence Award, for their leadership in moving more goods with less fuel,” said Bill Wehrum, EPA’s Assistant Administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation. “These companies inspire others in the freight sector to invest in innovative technologies and business practices that save fuel, while reducing costs and protecting the environment.”
In addition to being an EPA SmartWay High Performer, NFI has been named a top green supply chain partner by Inbound Logistics and a top green provider by Food Logistics, among other accolades in recognition of its sustainability efforts. NFI’s integrated suite of solutions spans dedicated transportation, port drayage, distribution, brokerage, transportation management, intermodal, global logistics, and real estate.