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Mohawk Joins U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership

Cohoes, New York, USA, 16 March 2011 – Mohawk Fine Papers has joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry to provide a framework that assesses the environmental and energy efficiency of a company’s freight transport systems. The goal of the partnership is to help companies save fuel, money, and the environment.

“Mohawk seeks out tools, resources, and systems that advance sustainable efforts. Joining the SmartWay Transport Partnership is yet another step Mohawk can take to lessen its impact on the environment,” said George Milner, senior vice president, Energy, Environmental, and Government Affairs, Mohawk Fine Papers.

Launched in 2004 by the EPA, the SmartWay brand was developed jointly by EPA and charter partners represented by industry stakeholders, environmental groups, the American Trucking Associations, and Business for Social Responsibility. Partners rely on SmartWay tools and approaches to track and reduce emissions and fuel use from goods movement. The partnership currently has more than 2700 partners.

Collectively, the partnership saves more than 1.5 billion gallons of fuel, USD 3.6 billion in fuel costs, 14.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), 215,000 tons of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and 8000 tons of particulate matter. Carbon dioxide is the most common greenhouse gas, and nitrogen oxide is an air pollutant that contributes to smog.

An HP Indigo Preferred Partner, Mohawk is North America's largest privately owned manufacturer of fine papers for commercial and digital printing. Mohawk papers are chosen for commercial printing, photo specialties and high-end direct mail. This third-generation, family-owned business and certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise is constantly renewing its commitment to environmental stewardship. As the first U.S. manufacturer of commercial printing papers to match 100% of its electricity with windpower renewable energy credits and the first U.S. premium paper mill to shift toward carbon neutral production, its portfolio of recycled papers certified by Green Seal and the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) standards, continues to grow along with the rest of the company.

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