SmartTruck Aerodynamic System Honored as a Top Sustainable Solution at Rio+20 Earth Summit
Greenville, SC… On Wednesday night, sustainability legend Gro Harlem Brundtland, Media guru and philanthropist Ted Turner, EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard and 150 VIP guests celebrated the first concrete outcome at Rio+20: The launch of Sustainia100. SmartTruck’s Trailer UnderTray System has been chosen for this prestigious and exclusive list of solutions.
“I am very excited and inspired by this as it makes it absolutely clear that our mission is possible,” said Arnold Schwarzenegger, Honorary Chair of Sustainia. “That we do have the ammunition we need to tackle this challenge. That we have what it takes to create fun and attractive societies without destroying our planet.”
The SmartTruck Trailer UnderTray System improves fuel efficiency in Class 8 long-haul trucks with its variety of configurations and options that fit truck trailers to significantly reduce aerodynamic drag. Designed by world-class aerodynamic engineers, the system provides a clear alternative to traditional trailer side skirts through a durable, EPA SmartWay-verified solution that yields a fuel-efficiency gain of more than 7 percent for the base model and at least 10 percent for trucks fitted with the UnderTray System and add-on side fairings.
“To be recognized in the international sustainability community is a great honor and a testament to the product itself and the advanced technology that was used to bring the UnderTray System to the trucking industry,” said Mike Henderson, CEO of SmartTruck. “We will continue leading the way for aerodynamic and fuel efficiency in the transportation sector, ultimately providing a more sustainable way for companies to transport goods in our society.”
Sustainia100 is a cornerstone in Sustainia—a construction site for the desirable society we could live in if we implemented ready and available solutions. Developed by world-leading companies, organizations and experts in close collaboration with UN Global Compact and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s initiative Regions20, Sustainia is the first holistic introduction to the attractive sustainable future.
Gathered from 56 countries spread over six continents, Sustainia100 is a complete guide to innovative and scalable solutions instrumental in creating sustainable societies. Building on ready and available solutions only, Sustainia100 is as a tangible tool for sustainability professionals – from politicians to CEOs- dedicated to create desirable and sustainable societies.
Individually, the solutions represent sustainable innovation in areas such as city planning, energy, fashion, water and waste management, high-tech and transportation. Collectively, they provide a guide of the building blocks available for transforming our societies.
Sustainia100 solutions are nominees for the Sustainia Award, which honors outstanding performance within sustainability. The winner will be announced at a ceremony later this year in Copenhagen.
“Securing the planet for future generations is a global collaborative task. Sustainia100 demonstrates that since the first Earth Summit in 1992 solutions and innovations to tackle this challenge have been developed all over the world,” said Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister, Member of The Elders Team. “We need to make more people aware of these solutions and inspire more to act. With the Sustainia100 there is no excuse for not choosing a sustainable path to the future. The solutions are there. Ready for use.”
“Science has long provided a body of knowledge that covers the huge and vast potential of sustainable solutions,” said Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “With Sustainia, we now have a platform that communicates this potential in a clear and comprehensive manner to a broad audience of politicians and corporations as well as civil society. Sustainia makes science easier to understand for a larger group of people, which is just what we need to meet the challenges ahead.”
“By 2030, the world will need at least 50 per cent more food, 45 per cent more energy and 30 per cent more water,” said Connie Hedegaard, Commissioner for Climate Action. “These figures show that continuing with business as usual is clearly not an option. It would be very costly in economic, environmental and human terms. This is why we need a more sustainable growth model that captures the value of a country's natural wealth, of a clean environment, of social cohesion. Sustainia shows that many of the solutions are already there.”
Building on its aerodynamic background in the aerospace, motorsports and automotive industries, SmartTruck is bringing the next generation of aerodynamic products to the trucking industry. SmartTruck is headquartered in Greenville, S.C. For more information, visit the SmartTruck website at www.SmartTruckSystems.com