Weber Distribution, a West Coast provider of dedicated warehousing and transportation logistics for more than 84 years, announced today that it has received the EPA SmartWay SM Transport partnership for its fleet of trucks and has earned the highest EPA Performance Score of 1.25, which represents outstanding environmental performance.

SmartWay Transport is a collaboration between the EPA and the freight sector designed to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions, and improve energy security. Weber’s EPA SmartWay approved tractors and trailers ensure that the company is achieving the best fuel efficiency, reducing emissions, and meeting tougher EPA emissions standards.

According to its ‘Green’ business plan, Weber will save 12.7% in fuel or 149,908 gallons of diesel from 2008-2009, which includes a savings of 1,664 tons in CO2 emissions. SmartWay is being used by the State of California as a guideline for the Clean Trucks Program for which Weber’s fleet has been approved and certified.

“Weber has taken a progressive approach to providing sustainable solutions to reduce greenhouse emissions,’ said Mike Epeneter, Weber’s Vice President of Transportation. ‘We are committed to offering a transportation product that serves the best interests of our customers and the communities in which we live and work. SmartWay participation is just one example of Weber’s ongoing efforts in support of greening the supply chain.’

Another way Weber has been working on ‘greening’ the supply chain is by utilizing high-energy efficient lighting at each of its facilities.

At Weber’s 303,000 square foot facility in Fontana, it uses only skylights and at a neighboring facility in Fontana, Weber operates motion sensor lighting throughout the facility.

What’s more, Weber is installing cardboard balers at its facilities to help with recycling efforts in cardboard/corrugated and plastics and its forklift models are low emission. Weber also practices a paperless environment at each of its facilities through the use of RF technology for order picking and order fulfillment, eliminating the need for traditional paper pick tickets.