Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s Cos. has earned its first Environmental Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership. The retailer was recognized for its leadership in conserving energy and lowering greenhouse-gas emissions from its transportation and freight-delivery system.
To earn the award, Lowe’s implemented initiatives that resulted in reduced carbon-dioxide emissions and less overall highway congestion. These included increasing shipping by rail; instituting a more efficient process for inbound and outbound freight deliveries; increasing efficiency of truckload shipments allowing more products to be shipped on a fewer trailers, and continuing to use a higher percentage of SmartWay carriers.
“By 2010, we plan to transport 90% of our shipments by SmartWay Transport Partners,” said Steve Palmer, Lowe’s VP of transportation. “By utilizing SmartWay carriers, we are able to encourage increased energy efficiency of our freight-delivery system and help lessen the impact of vehicle emissions on the environment.”