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January 20, 2020

Hanesbrands renews environmental transport programme

Apparel giant HanesBrands has renewed its partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport programme in a move aimed at supporting environmental stewardship.

By Michelle Russell

Apparel giant HanesBrands has renewed its partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport programme in a move aimed at supporting environmental stewardship.

Hanes, which has been a programme partner for three years, recently submitted its data on shipping and energy-conservation efforts associated with the transportation of raw materials and distribution of finished products. The SmartWay Transport programme reviewed and validated this information before approving the company’s partnership renewal.

Since 2008, Hanes has reduced carbon emissions from transportation by more than 50%, helping the company achieve a total 34% reduction in carbon emissions across its supply chain operations.

“We’re very proud to participate in the US EPA’s SmartWay Transportation programme, as it is integral to being successful in our overall environmental sustainability program,” said Robin Hager, director of global logistics, freight and customs.

The SmartWay Transport programme was developed in 2003 by the US EPA, industry stakeholders and environmental groups. Annually since its inception, the partnership estimates that the programme has helped save nearly 280m barrels of oil, or more than 5.3bn gallons of gas, along with $38bn in fuel costs. Additionally, emissions have been reduced by 134m tons.

Hanes uses SmartWay’s tools and innovative approaches to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of shipping within its supply chains and help reduce fuel use and associated emissions. SmartWay has more than 3,000 partners, including manufacturers, shippers, logistics companies, and truck, rail, barge and multimodal carriers.

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