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|Leonardo Academy Partners with UPS and Coca-Cola to Improve Air Quality|
(Madison, WI, October 30, 2012) – Through a grant provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Leonardo Academy continues to help reduce emissions from older, less efficient vehicles throughout the country. Partnering with Coca-Cola Refreshments and United Parcel Service (UPS) who contributed over $3.2 million to this project, this award helped fund the replacement of 40 heavy duty diesel delivery trucks.
UPS volunteered the early retirement of 30 older-generation, long-haul trucks and replaced them with new EPA 2010 emission standard compliant “clean-diesel” trucks. Coca-Cola Refreshments introduced 10 hybrid-electric delivery trucks to substitute their traditional diesel delivery vehicles. The award was administered by EPA Regional offices 6 and 7 and the new vehicles will operate in and around nonattainment areas throughout Texas, Louisiana, and Missouri.
Reducing emissions from diesel engines is currently one of the most important air quality challenges facing the country. Even with EPA's more stringent heavy-duty highway and non-road engine standards set to take effect over the next decade, millions of diesel engines already in use will continue to emit large amounts of nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and air toxics, which contribute to serious public health problems. It is estimated that the new trucks will reduce over 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide and almost 1,300 tons of nitrogen oxides over the lifetime of the vehicles. Compared to the traditional delivery fleets, these trucks will also reduce fuel usage by over 460,000 gallons.
“Leonardo Academy is dedicated to advancing organizational and individual sustainability. We are honored to have partnered with UPS and Coca-Cola on this important effort,” stated Michael Arny, President of Leonardo Academy. “Along with our partners, we will continue to work towards improvements in regional and national air quality and its associated public health benefits.”
About the EPA’s National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program
Under the Recovery Act funding for the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program, EPA awarded agreements totaling $50 million for projects that demonstrated the ability to be commenced expeditiously, reduce diesel emissions, and maximize job creation and/or preservation and economic recovery through a variety of diesel emission reduction strategies. Specific information on these funded projects can be found at: epa.gov/cleandiesel/projects/.
About United Parcel Service (UPS)
About Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc. (CCR)
CCR has made it a company goal to reduce the overall carbon footprint of their business operations by 15 percent by 2020, as compared to their 2007 baseline. Engines of CCR trucks are programmed to optimize fuel efficiency by setting maximum speeds and ensuring that the engine switches off to prevent idling. CCR is also piloting on-board truck reporting, which allows the truck’s computer to report fuel efficiency and maintenance needs real-time. Likewise route optimization is also being improved to make CCR deliveries more efficient. In 2009, CCR began piloting driver education programs in both Europe and North America as another tool to deliver environmental savings. “Eco-driving” techniques, such as early gear changes and minimal braking, have been demonstrated to significantly reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.