In 2014, EPA SmartWay marks ten years of supporting the goods movement industry. This web page, SmartWay 10, features a series of special content, highlighting the progress SmartWay and its partners have made over the past ten years - and our shared goals for working together in the future.
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SmartWay 10 Monthly Themes
Since 2004, SmartWay partners have saved 51.6 million metric tons of CO2 and 120.7 million barrels of oil -- the equivalent of taking over 10 million cars off the road for an entire year.
"The parts we all play in managing our energy use in the years to come will determine the future we will share together. It is a simple truth, but a powerful challenge."
- Drew Sloan, Former U.S. Army Officer and Fellow with the Truman National Security Project
For July, SmartWay 10 takes a look at the subject of energy efficiency and carbon savings. In addition to the strides that SmartWay partners are making to use greener, more fuel efficiency technologies to move goods across the globe, there are many government initiatives underway to generate carbon efficiencies and energy savings throughout the economy.
Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something.
- Carl Sagan
"Comply" is not a vision.
- Ray Anderson
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
- John Muir
For June, SmartWay 10 takes a look at how Shippers are working to enhance corporate citizenship in the supply chain by helping drive the demand for improved energy and environmental efficiency in goods movement.
Shippers in the retail, food and beverage, manufacturing, consumer goods and other sectors are responding to customer, shareholders and other stakeholders concerns by working to track, quantify report and reduce their supply chain carbon footprint. Leading shippers have learned that they can address these challenges in ways that not only enhance their corporate citizenship, but also help reduce costs and risk.Anyway they ship it, they ship it the SmartWay!
Top 10 Things Shippers Can Do to Green their Freight Supply Chain
- Quantify and Report Your Carbon Emissions
- Compare Your Freight Performance to Your Peers
- Make a Public Commitment to Reduce Emissions
- Engage & Support Your Transportation Providers
- Optimize Carrier Choice
- Shift to More Efficient Modes
- Implement Operational Strategies
- Collaborate with Other Shippers
- Take a Closer Look at Your Global Footprint
- Register in SmartWay
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Malcolm McLean, a trucker from North Carolina, is credited for introducing the first successful “dry container” in the 1955, forever changing the face of global trade.
Among SmartWay carriers that complete SmartWay's multimodal tool, three are charter partners! Next year, SmartWay's multimodal tool will also cover barge operations.
For May, SmartWay Ten takes a look at trends in multimodal freight activity. Moving goods with at least two modes of transport – including road, rail, air or water – first took off over 50 years ago when the dry cargo container was introduced. In more recent years, multimodal freight transport has grown significantly as it provides shippers and carriers with attractive options for creating highly efficient transportation networks to meet both the challenges of globalization and North American freight activity.
To learn more about trends in multimodal freight transport, check out the links below, join us for a webinar with leading experts May 29, and if you enjoy crossword puzzles, test your knowledge of multimodal freight terms with a downloadable puzzle on the topic!
Take the SmartWay 10 Cross Word Puzzle
Check your knowledge of multimodal freight terms by completing this cross word puzzle.
SmartWay Multimodal Cross Word Puzzle (PDF) (2 pp, 650 K, EPA420-f14-025, May 2014)
"The goals of the SmartWay Transport Partnership to reduce transportation-related emissions by improving supply chain fuel efficiency are part of Penske's DNA. Penske Truck Leasing and Rental is committed to assisting our customers in setting and achieving their SmartWay goals, ultimately helping them improve fleet efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and emissions, and in turn, reduce costs.
Andrew Cullen, Penske Truck Leasing Co., L. P., Vice President Fuels and Telecommunications
"The SmartWay program is a great synergy to our coalition's efforts to help fleets reduce their petroleum consumption and fueling costs. It helps strengthen our impact in Wisconsin."
Lorrie Lisek, Executive Director of Wisconsin Clean Cities.
"Since its launch, SmartWay has been a great example of the government working with private industry toward a common goal."
Bill Graves, ATA President and CEO
"CSCMP is very proud and honored to be a SmartWay Affiliate. We are confident we can help improve the transportation industry's outlook today and well into the future by working together. Everyone at CSCMP has enjoyed our long-term relationship with SmartWay and we're looking forward to supporting the SmartWay program however we can in the coming years."
Jim Schulze CSCMP, Director of Operations and CSCMP SmartWay Liaison
This month, the focus is on SmartWay Affiliates and the Power of Networking! SmartWay Affiliates are the "boots on the ground" supporters of the SmartWay program. There are many types of Affiliates ranging from nonprofit/member organizations to dealerships and leasing companies that sell SmartWay Designated tractors and trailers. SmartWay Affiliates share best practices and strategies through the power of networking to promote the mission and goals of SmartWay.
Automatic tire inflation systems can save tire maintenance costs and improve fuel economy by nearly 1 percent, saving 100 gallons of fuel and eliminating 1 metric ton of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
Synthetic lubricants in the engine crankcase, rear axle, and transmission can improve fuel economy by about 3 percent, saving nearly 485 gallons of fuel and eliminating 5 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions for a typical combination truck each year.
Using a streamlined-profile tractor with aerodynamic devices can improve fuel economy by over 3 percent and will reduce fuel costs by over $2,000. When adding an aerodynamic trailer, you can get up to an 11 percent increase in fuel economy, saving 16 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
Take the SmartWay 10th Technology Word Search
Test Your Knowledge about SmartWay technologies by completing this short word search!
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
– Margaret Meade
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
– Hellen Keller
" Leadership must come from all of us -- the private, public, and civil sectors."
- Eric Lowitt, The Collaboration Economy: How to Meet Business, Social, and Environmental Needs and Gain Competitive Advantage
Take the SmartWay 10th Anniversary Online Quiz
Test Your Knowledge about SmartWay by taking this short interactive quiz!
Where did SmartWay begin?
When SmartWay began in 2004, the freight sector had been dependent on years of cheap energy (diesel was $1.75 a gallon!), but the marketplace was evolving and awareness of climate change was growing rapidly. Business, industry and government leaders were looking for ways to adapt to a more demanding marketplace, with new challenges, risks and opportunities.
How did we get here?
Industry leaders came together, to sit down with EPA in 2002-2003 and identify new ways to improve efficiency, reduce costs and emissions, and improve the working relationship between freight shippers and carriers, as well as with government. The idea for a freight sustainability partnership was developed and SmartWay was launched in 2004.
Who made SmartWay work?
The American Trucking Associations and Business for Social Responsibility brought key shippers and carriers to the table. They agreed to work with and advise EPA on a market-based partnership with a strong business case. Partners were looking for better ways identify fuel saving technologies and operational practices and to be recognized for their achievements.
EPA agreed to facilitate a public-private collaboration which became the platform for the exchange of data and best practices that would help business to save fuel and reduce costs, while benefiting the environment by reducing emissions and the nation’s dependence on petroleum in this vital economic sector.
Where is SmartWay Today?
- The SmartWay program includes about 3,000 leading freight shippers, carriers, affiliates, and rail and logistics firms, including Fortune 500 firms and small businesses and operators. These partners represent key economic sectors such as retail, manufacturing, food and beverage, and consumer goods, among others – sectors which serve as the foundation of the economy.
- The SmartWay Technology Verification Program provides credible, neutral third-party assessment of fuel saving and emission reducing technologies, and provides for SmartWay Tractor and Trailer designations which help industry to identify equipment which will best suit their needs.
- SmartWay covers the trucking and rail sectors in the U.S. and Canada, and is being replicated in other countries, like Mexico, China and in Europe.
Where will SmartWay go from Here?
- EPA is working to develop and enhance the SmartWay Transport Partnership in new and exciting ways, with new partner offerings and projects, more visibility and better opportunities to engage.
- EPA is working to expand the partnership to cover other modes of the freight supply chain and better enable SmartWay partners to quantify and benchmark their transportation supply chain.
- EPA is engaging with counterparts in other countries and regions to share best practices and information to build the capacity for these countries to design, build, and implement programs like SmartWay and harmonize these efforts in ways that benefit the partners and stakeholders an the global environment.
More About SmartWay
Learn more about major milestones for the SmartWay program over the past 10 years.
SmartWay's searchable and sortable list of current SmartWay partners.
SmartWay offers a range of resources that provide more information about SmartWay and its activities.