Schneider National Inc, Green Bay WI, has announced plans to begin slowing down its fleet to 60 mph as part of the company's efforts to reduce engine emissions and conserve fuel so that they can be the most energy efficient fleet in the industry.
Chris Lofgren, president and CEO of Schneider National. “This slowdown is made possible by a group of more than 10,600 highly committed and professional drivers who are willing to do the right things to serve the customer and the environment,” said Chris Lofgren, Schneider president and chief executive officer.
Schneider’s announcement came in conjunction with the release of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) overall plan for addressing sustainability. Schneider representatives served on the ATA’s Sustainability Task Force, which was charged with developing the industry plan.
The environmental impact of just a three-mile-per-hour reduction is significant: The effort will reduce the fleet’s consumption of diesel fuel by more than 3.75 million gallons per year and reduce truck CO2 emissions by 83.25 million pounds per year, the equivalent of taking 7,259 cars off the nation’s highways, according to Schneider information.