Penske Truck Leasing has been given the Clean Air Excellence Award, in the Clear Air Technology category, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Penske is the only corporate winner for the 2015 award. The other six recipients are government-related organizations. It is also the first time Penske Truck Leasing has received this award.
The EPA award honor projects for their work on clean air and climate initiatives. The awards recognize innovative state, local, tribal, and private sector programs that protect health and the environment, educate the public, serve their communities and boost the economy.
“As a trusted adviser to our customers, who operate both traditional and alternative fuel truck fleets, we take a consultative approach and ensure they operate the type of alternative fuel equipment that fits their needs,” said Drew Cullen, Penske Senior Vice President of Fuels and Facility Services.
“The investment we have made in our natural gas rental tractor program removes many of the barriers the transportation industry faces in determining where natural gas is a fit for their operations, and it provides an avenue to demonstrate and measure the clean air benefits.”
Penske Truck Leasing is an affiliate partner in the U.S. EPA SmartWay program and Penske Logistics is a partner in the trucking carrier and logistics categories. Penske Truck Leasing is also an affiliate partner in the Canada SmartWay Transport Partnership, which is administered by Natural Resources Canada.
For the last three years, Penske has captured the SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Award in the United States.
Penske Truck Leasing operates and maintains fleets of traditional-fuel vehicles, as well as alternative fuels including includes natural gas, propane, electric and diesel-electric hybrids.
The awards program was established in 2000 at the recommendation of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, recognizes and honors both individuals and organizations that have undertaken the risks of innovation, served as pioneers in their fields, advanced public understanding of air pollution and improved air quality.
Entries are judged by the EPA and members of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee.
Penske operates more than 216,000 vehicles and serves customers from more than 1,000 locations in North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
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