SmartWay Transport is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's flagship program for improving fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution from the transportation supply chain industry. Developed jointly in early 2003 by EPA and Charter Partners represented by industry stakeholders, environmental groups, American Trucking Associations, and Business for Social Responsibility, this innovative program was launched in 2004.
SmartWay Transport is comprised of partnerships, policy and technical solutions, and research and evaluation projects geared towards fin ding new ways to optimize transportation networks in a company's supply chain. Supported by major freight industry associations, environmental groups, states, companies, and trade publications, SmartWay Transport is leading the way to greater fuel efficiency and lower emissions from the freight sector, in addition to presenting a model of government and industry cooperation for public and private benefits.
SmartWay Transport Partnership is a strong government/industry collaboration between freight shippers, carriers, logistics companies, and other stakeholders to voluntarily achieve improved fuel efficiency and reduce environmental impacts from freight transport. Participating companies use performance-based quantification and reporting tools that benchmark and inform industry and the marketplace on freight operations, energy, and environmental efficiency. SmartWay partners demonstrate to customers, clients, and investors that they are taking responsibility for the emissions associated with goods movement, are committed to corporate social responsibility and sustainable business practices, and are reducing their carbon footprint. To date, the partnership includes nearly 2,900 companies and associations dedicated to improving fuel efficiency.
SmartWay Tractors and Trailers meet voluntary equipment specifications that can reduce fuel consumption by 10 to 20 percent for 2007 long-haul tractors and trailers. Each qualified tractor/trailer combination can save between 2,000 to 4,000 gallons of diesel per year. Models that meet these equipment specifications not only save operators money, but also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants.
EPA Technology Verification for SmartWay Designation is a testing and verification program designed to quantify emissions reductions and fuel savings from various available technologies, such as tractor and trailer aerodynamics, auxiliary power units, and wide-based tires. As a result, companies can compare the fuel efficiency and environmental performance of various technologies and make more informed purchases.