Plantation, Fla., Oct. 17, 2016: DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, has been recognized in the U.S. for a fourth consecutive year with the SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The award honors the company as an industry leader in freight supply-chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.

The EPA recognized DHL for its exceptional environmental performance, which was the result of initiatives and efforts to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions within its operations. This year, the company has spent more than $20 million adding more fuel-efficient vehicles to its fleet. It is committed to growing its number of fully electric vehicles in areas such as the New York metro area and the JFK Airport, a gateway for DHL, where the company will deploy fully electric forklifts. DHL also plans to replace its older-model straight trucks with more fuel-efficient vehicles in 2017, along with replacing tractor trailer combinations to reduce CO2.

“As a company, we take our commitment to the environment very seriously and understand the important role we play in improving logistics efficiency,” said Cain Moodie, Vice President and Head of Operations for DHL Express U.S. “As we continue to grow our U.S. footprint and operations, we will remain dedicated to investing in the best sustainability technologies available.”

DHL was one of 43 truck carrier companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s 3,500 partners. Shipper and logistics award recipients were honored at the 2016 American Trucking Association (ATA) Annual Management Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 3.

“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 Christopher Grundler. “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.”