Sustainability


Solutions for Today

At Wabash National, our passion is driving innovations that provide practical solutions for today’s trucking fleets.

In 2009, we introduced one of the first trailer side skirts designed to improve trailer aerodynamics and reduce fuel consumption. Today, we offer a range of EPA SmartWay Elite verified solutions that can improve fleet fuel economy by more than 9 percent.

Through relationships with leading industry component suppliers, we also offer trucking fleets a variety of options for further fuel efficiency improvements, including low-rolling resistance tires, wide-base tires, tire inflation systems and tire pressure monitoring systems.

By providing these solutions, we help our customers achieve their goals of enhancing safety, lowering operating costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


Shaping the Future

Wabash National works with government regulatory agencies and institutions to drive effective and practical solutions to commercial transportation challenges. Collaboration with these groups enables us to share information and insight into key transportation and freight applications in pursuit of real-world solutions related to highway safety, environmental protection and energy conservation. Some of the groups we work with include the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the California Air Resource Board (CARB) and Transport Canada.

We also play a role in helping to shape the future of tractor/trailer fuel efficiency and emissions standards. As a member of the Heavy Duty Fuel Efficiency Leadership Group, an alliance of trucking industry companies that support fuel efficiency, we work with the EPA, DOT and others to achieve new standards that result in greater fuel efficiency and environmental sustainability in the years ahead.

Wabash National is an active supporter and participant in transportation and manufacturing trade associations and professional organizations throughout North America. Through financial support, leadership, technical expertise and sharing of best practices, Wabash National is helping to advance transportation and manufacturing practices.
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Transportation Groups
American Trucking Associations (ATA)
ATA’s Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC)                     
Cargo Tank Risk Management Committee (CTRMC)
National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC)
National Trailer Dealers Association (NTDA)
Manufacturing Groups
Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA)
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association (TTMA)

Responsible Operations

Wabash National is committed to protecting and improving the environment and conserving energy and natural resources. As the first trailer manufacturer in North America to become registered as ISO 14001:2004, we adhere to stringent standards to ensure that all our business activities minimize the generation of waste, pollution and adverse impacts on the natural world.

Our commitment to the global environment is focused on energy conservation, waste reduction, recycling efforts and pollution prevention.

Energy Conservation
Our focus on energy conservation includes upgrading equipment, improving efficiencies and utilizing shutdown procedures. Our facilities use energy-efficient lamps and our manufacturing operations use pulse welders, which consume approximately one-third the energy of typical welders. These energy reduction efforts effectively reduce both the use of natural resources and the emissions of greenhouse gases.

In addition, Wabash National installed a wind turbine in 2012 to help generate power for part of our manufacturing operations in Lafayette, Indiana. The 2.4-kilowatt wind turbine is quiet, non-polluting and helps reduce carbon emissions by approximately 25 tons annually.

Waste Reduction and Recycling
Wabash National has implemented a program to reduce waste disposal by identifying options for recycling or reuse of materials. In 2014, we recycled more than 13,900 tons of scrap metal; 5,800 tons of wood; 6 tons of plastics; and 6 tons of aluminum cans. This equates to saving 48,493 cubic yards of landfill airspace; 50.4 million kilowatt-hours of electricity; 30,644 mature trees; and 21,599 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.*

Material Procurement
Wabash National’s DuraPlate composite material is 100% recyclable and contains 15–30% of post-consumer recycled plastic.

Land Conservation
Wabash National received the Indiana Wildlife Federation’s (IWF) Wildlife Friendly Certification in 2012. We began working with the IWF and U.S. Fish and Wildlife in 2009 to restore 40 acres back to a native state with prairie grasses and wild flowers at one of our facilities in Lafayette, Indiana. The project provides a wildlife habitat while reducing our impact on the environment.





* The environmental benefits shown here represent the difference in natural resource consumption and GHG emissions that result from using recycled inputs versus virgin inputs.