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Quad/Graphics earns EPA SmartWay award

Oct 15, 2009 12:00 AM

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For leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from its freight operations, Quad/Graphics (Sussex, WI) has received its fourth consecutive Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership.

“This award highlights the fact that a company can achieve its business goals year after year while at the same time reducing its environmental impact,” says Joel Quadracci, Quad/Graphics president and CEO.

Quad/Graphics is one of just 37 companies and organizations – and the only commercial printer – from among the Partnership's more than 2,100 participants to receive this year's Excellence Award. More significantly, the printer is only one of four carriers and shippers to earn the award four consecutive years. Quad/Graphics also won in 2006, 2007 and 2008 for the environmental achievements of its freight subsidiary Duplainville Transport, which operates a fleet of semi-trailer trucks.

During 2008, Duplainville Transport achieved significant improvements in fleet performance as it pertains to emissions reductions and fuel efficiency, avoiding: 11,479 tons of carbon dioxide emissions – a 44.6% reduction over a fleet with no modifications; 58.9 tons of nitrous oxide emissions – a 78.6% reduction over a fleet with no modifications; and 1.1 tons of particulate matter – a 48.0% reduction over a fleet with no modifications.

“EPA is pleased to recognize the SmartWay Partners with the 2009 Excellence Awards. I commend Quad/Graphics for its leadership in promoting sustainable transportation practices through the SmartWay Transport Partnership,” says Margo T. Oge, Director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “Their actions demonstrate a commitment to a cleaner environment and a more secure energy supply.”