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Goods movement networks extend well beyond the United States ports and borders, including multiple modes of transportation. As EPA works to broaden the capability of SmartWay to increase efficiency in the global supply chain, new opportunities are created to assist other countries, regions and trading partners with their freight sustainability efforts.

As an established public-private, market-based partnership, SmartWay has proven to be a good template for freight sustainability programs in other countries. Many countries have adopted elements of SmartWay or are looking for ways to implement SmartWay programs in their countries.

To help these and other countries address their concerns about energy security, economic vitality and climate change, SmartWay works with international stakeholders to help countries design, build and implement their own freight sustainability programs. SmartWay developed a Workbook for Designing a SmartWay Sister Program (PDF) (198 pp, 19.5M, January 2010) with guidance on implementing SmartWay strategies outside of the United States.

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North America

The trading relationship between the U.S., Canada and Mexico represents the largest trading bloc in the world, totaling over $735 billion in total trade for 2009. Huge volumes of manufactured goods and commodities cross these borders each day, strengthening our economic ties but also causing greenhouse gases and criteria pollutant emissions. EPA is working closely with the governments and other key stakeholders in these countries to support their efforts to address their domestic freight sustainability challenges and to reduce transnational trade emissions.

Canada

Since 2012, implementation and administration of SmartWay began in Canada by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). NRCAN has also established a freight program called FleetSmart Exit EPA Disclaimer which teaches best practices for industry as well as safety techniques. EPA has also engaged Transport Canada on freight efficiency initiatives and aims to collaborate with both agencies on joint quantification and data sharing methods. The SmartWay Transport Partnership includes dozens of Canadian-based shippers and carriers.

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EPA Clean Diesel Collaboratives in Canada
  • The Blue Skyways Collaborative Exit EPA Disclaimer includes public and private interests from nine states, Canada, and Mexico seeking voluntary solutions, incentives, and shared approaches to reducing diesel and other fuel-related vehicle emissions and emissions from the energy sector in America's Heartland. The states are Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.
  • The Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative is a collaboration of federal, state, and local agencies, along with communities, non-profit organizations and private companies, working together to reduce emissions from diesel engines in the Midwest. The border is one of its areas of interest.
  • The West Coast Collaborative Exit EPA Disclaimer is a public-private partnership working to reduce diesel emissions along the West Coast.

Mexico

Secretara de Medio Ambiente Y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT) established a freight efficiency effort for Mexico in 2011 called the Transporte Limpio Exit EPA Disclaimer (Clean Transportation) program. The program is modeled after SmartWay, using similar tools and quantification and reporting methods. The program now includes over 70 partners and works to educate the industry on SmartWay technologies and operational practices. EPA advised SEMARNAT on program design and best practices.

Commission for Environmental Cooperation

The North American Free Trade Agreement created a tri-national body called the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)Exit EPA Disclaimerwith the aim of ensuring environmental sustainability of goods movement under NAFTA. The CEC works with business, industry, government and other stakeholders in all three countries to improve freight efficiency and reduce emissions. The CEC is working on a comprehensive study of the North American supply chain and is developing a report for the environmental Ministers and EPA Administrator. This report will outline sustainability scenarios for the trade corridor and make policy recommendations that the countries may use as a basis for coordination and collaboration on infrastructure, border procedures, and standards harmonization. SmartWay tools, methods and practices will be integral to these recommendations.
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Latin America

South America

SmartWay has received inquiries from the region, but does not have any project work within the continent at this time. The Inter-American Development Bank is developing a Climate Action Plan which will include freight sustainability initiatives. The SmartWay program was presented to a group of Bank officials at a workshop in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in November 2009. 

Central America

SmartWay has received inquiries from the region, but does not have any project work within the continent at this time.

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Europe

Green Freight EuropeExit EPA Disclaimer aims to be recognized as the leading independent voluntary program for improving environmental performance of road freight transport in Europe. Initiated in 2009 and launched on March 27th 2012 the industry-driven organization has grown to more than 60 multinational carriers, shippers and logistics service providers.

The program is a pan-European standard system for collecting, analyzing and monitoring CO2 emissions from road freight operations which is modeled on the SmartWay Transport Partnership. The group has grown over 60 companies working together with the Energy Saving Trust

Green Freight Europe aims to generate strong market incentives to engage companies across the supply chains in green procurement of transportation services in order stimulate long-term improvements.

The program drives reductions of carbon emissions by:

  • Establishing a platform for monitoring and reporting of carbon emissions, to assist in the procurement of transportation services and based on existing standard.
  • Promoting collaboration between carriers and shippers in driving improvement actions and monitoring progress.
  • Establishing a certification system to reward shippers and carriers who fully participate in the program.

It is also the platform for companies to share best practices, promote innovations and communicate sustainability improvements on European road freight.

Furthermore, GreenFreight Europe fosters cooperation with other related initiatives, programs and working groups globally.

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Asia

Trade growth between the US and Asian economies accelerated rapidly in the last decade with US-Chinese trade alone exceeding the combined US-trade with all other Asian trading Partners. EPA works closely with Asian countries on a wide range of collaborative projects, including SmartWay.

China

EPA provided technical guidance for a successful Green Truck demonstration pilot in Guangzhou, China, in 2009.  As part of the World Bank-funded Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia)Exit EPA Disclaimer, SmartWay technology was installed on three fleets of trucks to demonstrate the fuel saving benefits of advanced aerodynamics and improved tire systems.  Test results were in the range of 2 percent to 18 percent fuel savings. 

View an informational video of the project.

The projects success led to a $5-million grant from the Global Environment Facility to the World Bank to implement an extended project. The new projects goal is to retrofit over 2,000 trucks with SmartWay technologies. The project will leverage an additional $17 million in co-financing to do capacity building with the Chinese trucking industry, with governmental authorities and shippers to implement a comprehensive supply chain sustainability program in Guangzhou. The SmartWay Transport Partnership, program design, carbon accounting tools and technologies will be integral to this effort. EPA is providing technical and program guidance for this effort.

Japan

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) launched a Green Distribution PartnershipExit EPA Disclaimer in 2005. This Partnership is a collaboration of freight shippers and carriers to reduce goods movement fuel use and CO2 emissions.  Like SmartWay in the US, the Green Distribution Partnership promotes advanced technologies and other fuel saving best practices.

Middle East

At this time there are no SmartWay projects in the Middle East.

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Africa

SmartWay has received inquiries from the region, but does not have any project work within the continent at this time.

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Australia

EcoStationExit EPA Disclaimer is a joint initiative between the Victorian Environment Protection Authority (EPA Victoria)Exit EPA Disclaimer and the Victorian Transport Association (VTA)Exit EPA Disclaimer. EcoStation is a comprehensive resource centre for the freight industry that will assist individual companies to maximize their transport efficiencies and minimize their environmental impact.

The key objectives of the EcoStation program are to make it as simple as possible for companies to take advantage of the innovations available, measure the efficiencies achieved, and enjoy the benefits that will ensue.

By joining the EcoStation program, over 25 companies agree to measure, reduce, and report emissions to EcoStation. EcoStation offers the tools and technical guidance to assist companies to baseline fuel use and emissions, and develop strategies to reduce emissions and improve efficiency.

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