Corporate/Environmental Innovators to be Honored at Harvard FedEx, Environmental Defense, Eaton Corporation Join Forces on Hybrid Delivery Trucks that Dramatically Reduce Emissions, Increase Fuel Efficiency

Contact: Sharon Wilke
Contact Organization: Belfer Center
Date: April 28, 2005

Cambridge, MA - On Wednesday, May 4, FedEx Express President and CEO David Bronczek, Environmental Defense President Fred Krupp, and Eaton Corporation Senior Vice President James Sweetnam will be at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government to receive the 2005 Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership for their organizations' joint creation of a hybrid delivery truck that reduces particulate emissions by 96% and increases fuel efficiency by 50%.
Stephen Walt, academic dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, will present the prestigious award for the "FedEx-Environmental Defense Future Vehicle Project." Henry Lee, director of the Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs' Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP), which coordinates the Roy Family Awards, will moderate a panel discussion on "Public Private Partnerships for a Cleaner Environment." The event will take place at 5:00 pm on May 4, 2005, with a hybrid truck photo op at 4:00 pm.
Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership
"Delivering the Future:
Public Private Partnerships for a Cleaner Environment"
May 4, 2005
4:00pm photo op with FedEx Hybrid Truck in KSG Courtyard
(Ride-alongs on hybrid truck can be arranged for earlier in pm.
Contact S. Wilke above.)
5:00 pm Award Presentation
David Bronczek, President and CEO, FedEx Express Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense James Sweetnam, Sr. Vice President, Eaton Corp.
Stephen Walt, Academic Dean, Kennedy School of Government
Henry Lee, Director, ENRP, Belfer Center, Kennedy School - moderator
Taubman Building Conference Center, 5th Floor John F. Kennedy School of Government 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (Taubman Building faces Eliot Street, adjacent to Charles Hotel)
Presented biennially, the Roy Family Award celebrates an outstanding partnership project that enhances environmental quality through the use of novel and creative approaches. This project's selection was based on its success at pushing cutting-edge technology into the market, careful balancing of environmental and economic concerns to create a win-win solution, and potential for widespread replication.
Over the last 4 years, Environmental Defense and FedEx Express have worked together to develop a hybrid diesel-electric delivery truck that meets stringent environmental and economic criteria and demonstrates the same performance and lifetime cost as traditional diesels. With the hybrid electric powertrain designed by the Eaton Corporation, the first 18 production models of the new truck are now in service. Earlier this month, FedEx announced plans to add up to 75 hybrid trucks to its fleet in the next 12 months. If all goes well, the company plans to make this a standard replacement vehicle in its weight class of 30,000 medium-duty trucks.
Details of the Roy Family Award and Future Vehicle Project will be made available at the event. If you cannot attend and would like more details, please contact Sharon Wilke at or 617.495.9858.


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