OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Oct. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- YRC Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq:YRCW) today announced that YRC Worldwide companies YRC Freight, Holland, Reddaway and New Penn were honored with a 2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Excellence Award at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals annual meeting in Denver. Excellence Awardees are selected from the top 1% of SmartWay participants. YRC Worldwide is a Charter Partner of the SmartWay program. "YRC Worldwide is honored to be recognized as one of the best environmental performers of the 3000-plus SmartWay Partners. The SmartWay program has been an invaluable resource for us and we have the utmost respect and appreciation for their staff's leadership in drastically reducing the industry's emissions output," said James Welch, CEO of YRC Worldwide. "Reducing our carbon footprint by handling freight more efficiently for our customers continues to be a top priority for all of our YRC Worldwide companies." "EPA is pleased to recognize the 2013 SmartWay Excellence Award recipients. I commend YRC Worldwide for its superior environmental performance and leadership in advancing freight sector efficiency," said Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator. "Their commitment is helping lead the freight industry to a more sustainable future." About SmartWay EPA launched SmartWay in 2004 to help business improve the sustainability of their freight supply chains. Today the Partnership consists of more than 3,000 Partners, representing a cross section of the freight supply chain industry. As of today, SmartWay Partners have saved 65 million barrels of oil. This is equivalent to taking over 5 million cars off the road for an entire year. SmartWay's clean air achievements (28 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 478,000 tons nitrogen oxides, and 22,000 tons of particulate matter reduced so far) help protect the health and well-being of citizens while contributing to our nation's economic and energy security.