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LTL Carrier Polar Express Achieves EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership


June 24, 2013 - Portland, OR

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently certified Polar Express Transportation LTD as a SmartWay Transport Partner. Being SmartWay certified means Polar Express Transportation is helping businesses reduce their carbon footprint by moving frozen, refrigerated and dry goods more sustainably, lowering emissions and improving freight efficiency. Based in British Columbia, Polar Express provides temperature-controlled LTL transportation and logistics services throughout the U.S. and Canada.

To earn SmartWay certification requires an extensive commitment by transportation carriers to meet environmental compliance requirements and benchmarks that prove reduced energy consumption, improved efficiencies, and less air pollution. Polar Express incorporated several measures that include installation of APUs in all tractors for efficient heating and cooling to minimize idling time; popular Driver Incentive programs that reduce pollution by decreasing speed, lowering RPMs and idling time; installing aerodynamic bumpers, mirrors and low-rolling resistance tires. They also invested in new technologies that ensure customers' temperature-controlled shipments are safe throughout the cold chain.

Kool Pak LLC, parent company of Polar Express Transportation, engaged with SmartWay in 2009 and earned their certification in 2011. "When we purchased Polar Express in January 2012, it was natural for Polar Express to achieve the same level of environmental commitment," commented Kool Pak CEO Steve Ness. "Our customers can rest assured that we're employing the same high standards as we transport their goods throughout the U.S. and Canada. Plus, all of our tractors and trailers are California Carb Compliant."

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Air Pollution
SmartWay Transport Partnership unifies government, transportation providers and businesses to reduce fuel consumption and improve air quality, moving more goods, more miles with lower emissions and less energy. Since 2004, SmartWay program helped businesses achieve fuel savings of USD 8.1 billion, saving 65 million barrels of oil, reducing 28 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 478,000 tons of nitrogen oxide and 22,000 tons of particulates.

Established in 1968, Kool Pak LLC is a leading provider of worry-free, temperature-controlled, LTL shipping across the US and Canada. Kool Pak purchased Polar Express Transportation in January 2012, and also has refrigerated facilities in California, Oregon and Washington.

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