SmartWay International Interests
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.
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), 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.
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.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) launched a Green Distribution Partnership 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.
At this time there are no SmartWay projects in the Middle East.