Celadon Trucking Services has earned the top score awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for freight carriers that participate in the agency's SmartWay Transport Partnership.

SmartWay is a collaboration within the freight industry to increase fuel efficiency while reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution. By 2012, this voluntary partnership aims to cut 33 million-66 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and up to 200,000 tons of nitrogen oxide emissions per year. At the same time, the initiative will result in fuel savings of up to 150 million barrels of oil annually.

Celadon has earned a Shipper Index Factor of 1.25. This represents outstanding environmental performance and serves as confirmation that Celadon is using most of the commercially available fuel saving strategies and is actively evaluating the latest emerging technologies. Only partners with a score of 1.25 are awarded the honor of displaying the SmartWay Transport Partner logo.

Celadon operates a fleet of approximately 3,000 trucks and 8,000 trailers. Its SmartWay initiatives include the following equipment changes:

• Installation of auxiliary air heaters on all trucks coming in over the past year to eliminate the engine's need to idle in cold weather;
• Equipping trucks and trailers with the most fuel-efficient tires available on the market;
• Accelerating new truck purchases planned for the next two years, all of which will include EPA-compliant engines in SmartWay-certified trucks;
• Recalibrating new engines to produce less than 30 grams of NOx at an idle;
• Shortening trailer to tractor gaps to minimize aerodynamic drag;
• Use of synthetic lubricants in all transmissions and differentials to minimize friction;
• Reduction in maximum road speed for the entire fleet.