Thanks largely to its ongoing partnership with TRANSTEX, Covenant is the first transportation and logistics provider to adopt BIN V-rated aerodynamic technology on board its tractor trailers to reduce carbon emissions. Made from glass-reinforced thermoplastic composite, TRANSTEX’s EDGE aerodynamic trailer skirt sets lead the industry in terms of performance, reliability, and value.
While Covenant has utilized TRANSTEX’s EDGE skirt sets for years, which include EDGE trailer skirts and EDGE-TOPKIT+ top kits, across its entire trucking fleet, Covenant recently installed the newly rated BIN V-rated EEAS-2330T EDGE Elite Aero System + E-2330T EDGE™ skirt set, which includes a 23-foot by 30-inch EDGE trailer skirt, EDGE-TOPKIT+ top kit, and EDGE-FINs aboard two company tractor trailers. No other commercially available aerodynamic trailer technologies have achieved the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s stringent BIN V classification, and Covenant is the first to use them.
TRANSTEX MVTS CERTIFIED™ claims use of the BIN V-rated EEAS-2330T offers a 10.49% fuel savings, representing 9.09 tons of CO2 saved per truck for every 100,000 miles driven, with 12.09 8.93 gallons of fuel saved per 1,000 miles traveled.
Covenant evaluated the two trucks’ performance and fuel economy internally as well as externally through external testing facility Mesilla Valley Transportation Solutions (MVT). On both accounts, the data confirmed TRANSTEX’s claims and fast-tracks Covenant’s adherence to aggressive future emissions goals. New US regulations aim for greenhouse gas reduction targets below 2005 emissions levels of 28 percent by 2025 and 45 percent by 2030. The law further establishes a long-term target of zero or near-zero GHG emissions by 2050. CARB The EPA awarded the BIN V rating shortly thereafter with Executive Order AD-005-0018-1.
“Covenant is proud to be an early adopter of this type of advanced aerodynamic trailer technology. Our environmental strategy directs us to incorporate new solutions to reduce emissions wherever and whenever it makes practical sense to do so. TRANSTEX’s skirt systems are simple, and proven and the ROI is there. It makes sense for Covenant to invest in them,” explained the company’s Allen Walters, Vice President, Asset Management. “It’s rewarding working for a company that looks for ways to reduce carbon emissions across the enterprise. We continually look for real-world solutions to reduce our carbon footprint.”
Since first adopting TRANSTEX’s trailer skirts in the early 2000s, Covenant has reduced carbon emissions across its total fleet of 5,000 trailers by 114,194 metric tons. Additionally, the company has saved nearly $36M in fuel costs – a reduction that benefits customers and employees alike. TRANSTEX products are EPA SmartWay® Verified Advanced Category, CARB Compliant, and now CARB GHG Phase 2 BIN 5 Pre-approved.
Earlier this year, TRANSTEX honored Covenant with an appreciation award to recognize the partnership’s positive impact on the environment by way of reduced carbon emissions and fuel consumption. Prior to that, the EPA again named Covenant a SmartWay High Performer for competitive carbon metrics, and EcoVadis awarded the company with its prestigious 2022 Bronze Sustainability Rating, a designation that places the company in the top 50 percent for sustainability practices.