WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.— HanesBrands announces that it has renewed its partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay Transport program. The company has maintained a focus on tracking and reducing fuel use since 2008.
The company has been a program partner for three years and recently submitted its data on shipping and energy-conservation efforts associated with the transportation of raw materials and distribution of finished products. The SmartWay Transport program reviewed and validated this information before approving the company’s partnership renewal. The company cites a more than 50% reduction of carbon emissions from transportation, which has contributed to a 34% total reduction of carbon emissions across the entire Hanes supply chain.
“We’re very proud to participate in the U.S. EPA’s SmartWay Transportation program, as it is integral to being successful in our overall environmental sustainability program,” says Robin Hager, director of global logistics, freight, and customs.
Introduced in 2003, the SmartWay Transport program is a collaboration between the U.S. EPA, industry stakeholders, and environmental groups. Since 2003, the partnership estimates that the program has helped save nearly 280 million barrels of oil, or more than 5.3 billion gallons of gas, along with $38 billion in fuel costs annually. The group also says that emissions have been reduced by 134 million tons.
HanesBrands uses SmartWay’s resources to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of shipping within its supply chains and help reduce fuel use and associated emissions. SmartWay has more than 3,000 partners, including manufacturers, shippers, logistics companies, and truck, rail, barge, and multimodal carriers.
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