Manchester, MI – (January 22, 2009) – Amcor PET announced today that it has joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a innovative collaboration between U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the freight industry designed to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution.
Amcor PET will contribute to the Partnership’s goal to reduce 33 to 66 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and up to 200,000 tons of nitrogen oxide per year by 2012 by improving the environmental performance of our freight operations. Carbon dioxide is the most common greenhouse gas, and nitrogen oxide is an air pollutant that contributes to smog. By joining SmartWay Transport Partnership, Amcor PET demonstrates its strong environmental leadership and corporate responsibility.
“We are proud of our affiliation with and believe strongly in the Partnership’s goals,” said Marte Rupprecht, Corporate Manager of Transportation for Amcor PET North America. “Amcor has embraced this kind of vision for several years as demonstrated by the types of products we have developed. By adopting this philosophy and using technology, we anticipate the Partnership will be successful in reaching their goals.”
Launched in February 2004, the SmartWay Transport Partnership aims to achieve fuel savings of up to 150 million barrels of fuel per year. The Partnership brings together major freight shippers, trucking companies, railroads, logistics companies and trade/professional associations to pursue mutually beneficial efficiencies that result in emissions reductions and other environmental improvements, as well as cost savings to the companies. The Partnership currently has approximately 1,300 partners.
For more info about the SmartWay Transport Partnership, visit www.epa.gov/smartway.
Amcor PET Packaging is the leading manufacturer of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic packaging for the global beverage, food and non-food industries with 60 facilities in 12 countries. Its parent company, Amcor Limited, offers a broad range of packaging solutions and ranks as one of the top three packaging companies in the world. Amcor’s extensive operations include 217 plants in 34 countries. It is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia and, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, reported sales revenues of $7.5 billion (U.S.). For more information, visit www.amcor.com.