Smartway Certified = Preferred Status at CLS

The President, Jeff Lantz, says, “SmartWay Certified carriers will be our preferred carriers.”  C. L. Services, Inc. is committed to serving our SmartWay Certified Shippers with the most environmentally friendly carriers in the United States, those Certified by the EPA’s SmartWay partnership program.

What is SmartWay Certification? Well, it’s a bit different for shippers, logistics companies and carriers. The common thread is companies committed to reducing their Carbon Emissions. You can find the specific details at www.epa.gov/smartway or by visiting our website and clicking on the SmartWay logo in the right column of each page.

The U.S. economy relies on shipping goods. However, these freight shipments have an environmental cost. Freight trucks and locomotives consume 35 billion gallons of diesel fuel each year, and burning this fuel produces over 350 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

The SmartWay Transport Partnership aims to significantly reduce these emissions. By 2012, the Partnership will cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 33 to 66 million metric tons per year, and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions by up to 200,000 tons per year. This will save the equivalent of up to 150 million barrels of oil per year. That’s the same as removing up to 12 million cars from the road each year.</br

C. L. Services, Inc. is working with the EPA to partner with carriers and shippers who are concerned about the environment. We are committed to assisting our customers and carriers in achieving their goal of reducing carbon emissions.

We presently have over 500 Smartway certified carriers in our database, under contract, who meet our strict due diligence requirements. At a shipper’s request, we have the capability of only utilizing a certified carrier on their shipments, increasing their Smartway score in addition to ours and that of the carrier. The higher your score the better partner you become to the entire transportation industry.

As a member of the transportation community, if you are interested and preserving the environment and working with the shippers who share your concerns, please take the time to visit www.epa.gov/smartway and start the process to become certified yourself. It takes a bit of time and data gathering, but it’s worth the effort knowing you will become a company working for the environment, not against it. And, as mentioned above, we will give priority load selection to our carriers who are certified. That is a great way to keep you loaded and rolling.

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