Energy & Climate Change - Transportation/Logistics & Supply Chain
EPA has programs that can assist retailers reducing GHG emissions in the following areas:
- Corporate Fleets
- Corporate Activities to Improve Commuter Options for Retail Employees
- Supply Chain Management Strategies
- Green Vehicle Guide: For the cleanest, most fuel-efficient light duty vehicles available for sale in the United States look for vehicles with the SmartWay label.
- Smart Way® Certified Tractors and Trailers: These tractors and trailers are labeled as SmartWay certified and are outfitted at point of sale with equipment that significantly reduces fuel use and emissions.
- SmartWay Transport Partnership: an innovative collaboration between manufacturers, retailers, freight carriers, logistics companies, technology vendors, banks, truck stops, vehicle dealers and service centers, and the US EPA.
- Savings Calculator: helps truck owners compare the costs and estimate the fuel savings associated with various efficiency technologies. The calculator is designed for owners of single trucks as well as multiple-truck fleets.
- Available Tools and Models: Freight Logistics Environmental and Economic Tracking [FLEET] Performance Models will help you estimate the emissions and carbon footprint of your goods movement and estimate potential cost savings.
- Become a SmartWay Partner
- Alternative Fuels: Explore the use of environmentally beneficial alternative fuels and vehicles. Options include: ethanol, E85, biodiesel, electric motors, natural gas and propane
- Used Oil: Used motor oil is insoluble, persistent in the environment and can contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals. EPA provides extensive information on proper management of used motor oil, including the "You Dump It, You Drink It" campaign
- Commuter Options: Explore developing a commuter benefits program, such as free or low cost bus passes, strong telework programs, carpool matching and van pool subsidies.
As retailers reduce their energy use and GHG emissions, they may also seek to engage their supply chains to reduce the overall footprint of the products they make and sell to consumers.
- Green Suppliers Network (GSN) is a collaborative venture among industry, the EPA and the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) to provide of technical assistance to manufacturers. The Green Suppliers Network is working with EPA’s Climate Leaders program and Department of Energy to offer energy efficient reviews and carbon footprinting assessments of small and medium manufacturers that supply to larger corporations. Retails may wish to identify manufacturers or other suppliers that qualify as SMEs to participate in the new GSN+ reviews.
- Retailers can also encourage suppliers to participate in the SmartWay Transport Partnership: an innovative collaboration between manufacturers, retailers, freight carriers, logistics companies, technology vendors, banks, truck stops, vehicle dealers and service centers, and the US EPA.