SPRINGDALE, Ark. – The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Tyson Foods, Inc. for the company’s efforts to reduce emissions of vehicles shipping its products and curtail the number of overall truck miles.

The EPA’s Smart Way Transport Partnership is a collaboration between the agency and the freight transportation industry. The partnership aims to help shippers, carriers and logistics companies save money by improving fuel efficiency.

Tyson Foods’ team members eliminated more than 145 million over-the-road truck miles during fiscal years 2011 and 2012. Tyson was also recognized for the company's successful initiatives to buy lightweight equipment; its package design and use of railway shipping and logistics.

“That’s a phenomenal achievement for our business,” said Kevin Igli, senior vice president and chief environmental and health officer. “You immediately think about savings in fuel costs and the benefits to the environment for lower emissions, but it also saves wear and tear on equipment, and ensures our customers are supplied efficiently.”

Tyson has been a Smart Way participant since 2004.