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    RILA Joins EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership

    The trade group will also help develop the next generation of the energy-efficiency program.

    The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) said yesterday that it has joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a collaboration between the Environmental Protection Agency and the freight industry. The initiative's aim is to boost energy efficiency while considerably lowering greenhouse gases and air pollution.

    Through this partnership, the Arlington, Va.-based trade organization will contribute to reducing 33 million to 66 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, and up to 200,000 tons of nitrogen oxide annually by 2012, by enhancing the environmental performance of freight operations.

    "We know the advantages of this pioneering program, and we want to see it thrive in order to share the benefits with our members and the retail community," said RILA s.v.p for retail operations Casey Chroust.

    RILA also belongs to SmartWay's Shipper Stakeholder Committee, which will help develop the next iteration of the SmartWay program, including future supply chain protocols, greenhouse gas quantification methods, data needs and requirements, partner performance evaluations, and program growth strategies.

    Rolled out in February 2004, the goal of the SmartWay Transport Partnership is to achieve fuel savings of up to 150 million barrels of fuel annually. The partnership brings together major freight shippers, trucking companies, railroads, logistics companies, and trade/professional associations to pursue mutually beneficial efficiencies leading to emissions reductions and other environmental improvements, in addition to cost savings to the companies. Over 450 partners have joined up so far.

    Further, RILA will continue working with industry leaders to promote environmental sustainability practices when the group hosts the first ever Environmental Sustainability and Compliance Conference on Sept. 22 through Sept. 24 at the Embassy Suites in Frisco, Texas. The event will feature retailers and industry leaders who have integrated green practices into their companies. JCPenny chairman and c.e.o. Myron E. "Mike" Ullman III will serve as the keynote speaker.

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