The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.’s import and distribution branch with a SmartWay Excellence Award for its environmental performance and energy efficiency Wednesday in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Bacardi has succeeded in hauling all freight with environmentally and energy efficient SmartWay carriers and improved the way it transports its product: in 2009, 65 percent of its shipments were by road, and now that figure has dropped to 35 percent, with 65 percent going by rail.
"The EPA's SmartWay program vision is clearly embodied in the environmental and sustainability mission statement of Bacardi,” Enrique Gomez, Bacardi USA’s VP of Operations, told Florida Business Daily. “We strive to transport our premium spirits in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way possible, while reducing the impacts of climate change at every level of our operation. We are honored to be recognized by such a highly respected organization for a cause we are so committed to."
As one of 11 companies receiving the distinction among SmartWay's nearly 3,000 partners, Bacardi USA represents the best of the industry’s environmental performers. Partnering with Ryder System, Inc. in the procurement of Bacardi’s domestic shipments, the firms jointly established the Bacardi SmartWay program, reducing carbon emissions by nearly 28 percent since 2006.
For global distribution, Bacardi belongs to Green Freight Europe, SmartWay’s sister organization improving road freight transport’s environmental performance across the pond. Demonstrating a commitment to corporate sustainability and social responsibility, SmartWay Partners have saved 144.3 million barrels of oil and $20.6 billion in fuel costs since 2004.
"EPA is pleased to honor these SmartWay Partners with a 2015 Excellence Award," Chris Grundler, director, EPA Office of Transportation & Air Quality, said. "Through their environmental leadership in greener goods movement, each of these companies is demonstrating its commitment to our shared goal of a healthier, more sustainable future for the communities and families we serve."