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Smartway Practitioner

 Celadon Trucking Services is proud to be a SmartWay Transport Partner. The SmartWay Transport Partnership is an innovative collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the freight industry to increase fuel efficiency while significantly reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution.

 By 2012, this voluntary partnership between various freight industry sectors aims to reduce between 33-66 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and up to 200,000 tons of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions per year. At the same time, the initiative will result in fuel savings of up to 150 million barrels of oil annually.

 Participation in the SmartWay program is also a recommendation of the American Trucking Associations' Trucks Deliver a Cleaner Tomorrow. This sustainability program is designed to have an immediate impact on the environment, reducing fuel consumption by 86 billion gallons and thus reducing the carbon footprint of all vehicles by nearly a billion tons over the next ten years.

 Celadon has been honored to be a part of the Smartway program, winning multiple Smartway Excellence Awards based upon our many equipment investments and sustainability planning. The award recognizes us in the top one percent of partners with superior environmental performance. 


Our Smartway Initiatives

 To achieve this level of success, Celadon has made the following equipment changes:

 Installed auxiliary power units on all trucks coming in over the past year to eliminate the engine’s need to idle for comfort heating and cooling. Installed ambient air temperature sensors on all trucks coming in over the past year to overrides the engine’s ability to run between the ambient of 12-150 degrees F; Equipped trucks and trailers with the most fuel efficient duals available on the market.

 Accelerated new truck purchases over a two-year period so that our entire fleet will consist of 2010 compliant engines in SmartWay-certified tractors, including Freightliner Cascadia, International ProStar, and Volvo VN Series; Recalibrated new engines to produce less than 30 grams of NOx at an idle; and as a result, are certifying trucks with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as compliant with their emission standard; Reduced the weight of 2,149 trucks in its fleet by 300 lbs. each by converting them to aluminum wheels. Additionally, the weight of 1,899 of those trucks was reduced by another 260 lbs. by:


  •    Removing hood insulation   
  •    Shortening wheel base to 224” on longhaul tractors
  •    Shortening fifth wheel slide assembly from 24” to 12”
  •    Converting battery box from steel to aluminum
  •    Converting hubs from steel to aluminum
  •    Removing swivel from passenger seat
  •    Reducing fuel tanks from 150 gal. to 125 gal.;
  •    Shortened trailer to tractor gaps to minimize aerodynamic drag;
  •    Use of synthetic lubricants in all transmissions and differentials to minimize friction;
  •    Use of Castrol Hypuron advanced formula lower viscosity semi-synthetic engine oil;
  •    Reduction in maximum road speed for the entire fleet;
  •    Conversion of trailer fleet to lightweight, high cube, 53’ plate trailers;
  •    Equipped complete trailer fleet with full trailer side skirting   
  •    Use of Smartway certified tires
  •   Converted entire tractor fleet from steel to aluminum rims    

When using Celadon as your truckload carrier, you can take pride in knowing that you are doing business with a company that has taken an aggressive, pro-active approach in doing its part for a cleaner environment.

 To see where you stand on your emissions savings with Celadon, check out our calculator.   

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