LOWELL, Ark., Nov. 11, 2016 - J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: JBHT), one of the largest transportation companies in North America, announced today it has again received the SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For the seventh consecutive year, J.B. Hunt has received this distinction for a continued effort on environmental excellence by being an industry leader in freight supply chain performance and energy efficiency.
"As the SmartWay program completes its 12th year, EPA recognizes its top Carrier Partners for their commitment to an efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation supply chain," said Christopher Grundler, EPA's Office Director of Transportation & Air Quality. "We all depend on the freight sector, and these award-winning SmartWay carriers have demonstrated that it is possible to compete in this space while placing an emphasis on environmental integrity, allowing for reduced fuel costs, which increase revenue while also lowering greenhouse gas emissions."
This award is representative of the top one-to-two percent of environmentally responsible SmartWay Carriers that operate with a commitment to reducing carbon emissions. In 2015, Intermodal usage by customers reduced GHG emissions by more than 2.68 million metric tons compared to traditional over-the-road transportation. This reduction is equivalent to removing over 560,000 passenger vehicles from U.S. highways. Additionally, a recent initiative aims to help identify underperforming tractors regarding MPG and service them.
"J.B. Hunt focuses on lowering our carbon footprint while providing innovative solutions, safely transporting goods, and exceeding customer expectations," said Craig Harper, Executive Vice President of J.B. Hunt. "We are honored to receive this prestigious award for the seventh year in a row."
J.B. Hunt was one of 43 companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay's nearly 3,000 partners.
About J.B. Hunt
J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 Company, focuses on providing safe and reliable transportation services to a diverse group of customers throughout the contiguous United States, Canada and Mexico. Utilizing an integrated, multimodal approach, the company provides capacity- oriented solutions centered on delivering customer value and industry-leading service. J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. stock trades on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol JBHT and is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average. J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of JBHT. For more information, visit www.jbhunt.com.