Manito Transit, a subsidiary of Growmark, has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a registered SmartWay Transport Partner. The partnership collaborates with the EPA and utilizes SmartWay tools and approaches to track and reduce emissions and fuel use from the movement of goods.
“This partnership reinforces our commitment to sustainability, energy efficiency and environmental leadership,” said Steve Kubsch, Growmark director of transportation operations. “It will help us continue to seek efficient ways that enhance competitiveness and reduce cost. It will also help benefit the environment and strengthen our nation’s energy security and economy,” he added.
Manito Transit utilizes tank trucks to transport fuels, fertilizers, crop protection products, and more throughout much of the Midwest for farm, commercial and industrial use.
Manito Transit is one of around 3,000 SmartWay Transport Partners that include shipper, logistics companies, truck rail, barge, and multimodal carriers. Manito Transit will contribute to the Partnership’s savings of 170.3 million barrels of oil, $24.9 billion in fuel costs, 72.8 MMT of carbon dioxide (CO2), 1,458,000 tons of nitrogen oxides, and 59,000 tons of particulate matter. This is equivalent to eliminating annual energy use in over six million homes. Carbon dioxide is the most common greenhouse gas and nitrogen oxide is an air pollutant that contributes to smog. The innovative program was launched in 2004 jointly by the EPA and Charter Partners represented by industry stakeholders, environmental groups, American Trucking Associations, and Business for Social Responsibility.