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Latest News about SmartWay
- Buddy Polovick, SmartWay Transport Partnership team lead, joined the Transfix Take Podcast to discuss SmartWay and benefits of partnership
- 2021 SmartWay Excellence Awards
- SmartWay Heavy-Duty Truck Electrification Resource Page for Fleets
- Affiliates collaborate with SmartWay!
- SmartWay designation for qualified day cabs now available!
- Don’t overlook freight-related emissions in your Climate Action Plans!
2021 SmartWay Excellence Awards
SmartWay honored the 2021 SmartWay Excellence Award recipients on October 27th, 2021. Register to view the recording of the ceremony.
Government officials gave keynote remarks, touching briefly on the SmartWay program, its goals, and SmartWay accomplishments in North America. Executives from two national Affiliate organizations gave their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that the freight industry experienced over the past 18 months.
View this celebration of award-winning SmartWay Partners and our recognition of their superior freight sustainability leadership.
SmartWay Heavy-Duty Truck Electrification Resource Page for Fleets
This new SmartWay web page provides several links to tools and resources available to trucking companies, fleet managers and drivers that are considering the potential impact of electrification on their operations. The page is organized by topics of interest to fleets including links to calculators that can help assess the costs of investing in electric trucks. It also provides links to guidance materials, incentives, and grant programs. These resources can be used to help make a decision on whether it might make sense to invest in electric trucks, as well as the charging infrastructure, supplies and other equipment needed to support electrification.
SmartWay Collaboration Results in New, Easy-to-Use Calculator for Estimating Carbon Emissions from LTL ShipmentsIn a unique collaboration focused on addressing carbon emissions from less than truckload (LTL) freight, SmartWay has developed a new calculator to help its partners estimate emissions from individual LTL shipments. LTL freight has become an increasingly popular form of product delivery, especially as a result of the rapid growth in e-commerce. As growth in e-commerce is expected to continue, it’s likely that LTL freight and interest in LTL as a source of freight emissions will increase too. The new calculator is easy-to-use, requiring only readily available data inputs – such as, weight, origin and destination zip codes. It will be available to SmartWay partners through the program’s portal late in April.
This case study provides background on the collaboration that led to the development of the calculator and how SmartWay partners can use it to complement their SmartWay fleet-wide inventories to assess the environmental performance of their freight operations.
- Case Study: Public-Private Collaboration Validates Methodology, Produces User-Friendly Emissions Calculator for Guiding Sustainable Freight (pdf) (149 KB, April 2021, EPA-420-F-21-031)
EPA, SmartWay Celebrate 50 Years of Advancements in Freight!To mark EPA’s 50th anniversary, SmartWay created a timeline that features the progress the freight industry has made to reduce emissions and become more efficient. The industry has changed dramatically in a half-century and looking ahead SmartWay expects to see even more gains in the environmental performance of trucks and advanced logistics.
For now - look at how far we’ve come!
COVID-19 resources and information for trucking companiesThe American Trucking Associations (ATA), a SmartWay affiliate, has developed a COVID-19 Update Hub for its members and industry stakeholders, where it provides timely, fact-based information to answer frequently asked questions and address common challenges trucking companies are experiencing due to the coronavirus pandemic and the national response. Further, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) and Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association (OOIDA) are conducting a survey to inform a research study on the impacts of the pandemic on the trucking industry.
- Press Release: US Department of Transportation Expands National Emergency Declaration for Commercial Vehicles Delivering Relief in Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions and Permits
The Home Depot showcases best practices in Green Supply Chain StudyThe Home Depot worked with EPA and the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) on a comprehensive study to better understand the impacts of freight efficiency strategies deployed in its supply chain. The study helped illustrate the elements of a real-world “green supply chain” and how it compares with a traditional supply chain. Findings include insights about how even a high-efficiency supply chain can continue to enhance efficiency and environmental performance with even more advanced strategies that are available now or on the horizon.
A webinar will be presented on February 12, 2020 from 2-3 pm (ET ):
The study can be found here.
Learn about SmartWay Fleets that participated in the NACFE Run on Less RegionalOn October 7, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), a SmartWay affiliate, kicked off Run on Less Regional, a three-week fuel efficiency roadshow focusing on drivers and their trucks that operate up to 300 miles from base.
Run on Less Regional is a fuel economy demonstration for trucks that typically travel no more than 300 miles from their base. Run on Less Regional will feature 10 fleets, including 7 SmartWay partners, operating in a variety of regional haul applications in different geographic and climate areas. Their trucks are equipped with a variety of technologies that improve fuel efficiency, and as each fleet selects its own combination of technologies, no two trucks - or routes - will be the same. ;The Run will culminate at the North American Commercial Vehicle show in Atlanta, October 28 - 31, where fuel and efficiency achievements and other best practices for the participating fleets will be announced.
To learn more about the drivers, trucks and their routes, check out the Meet the Fleets videos on the Run on Less website.
To read the results, check out North American Council for Freight Efficiency
Participating fleets (* indicates a SmartWay Partner fleet):
- C & S Wholesale Grocers
- Hirschbach Motor Lines *
- Hogan Transportation *
- J. B. Hunt *
- Meijer *
- Ploger Transportation
- Schneider *
- Southeastern Freight Lines *
- UPS *
Affiliates collaborate with SmartWay!Affiliates were challenged to use the resources from the Earth Day Tool Kit. Check out the affiliates that raised their hand and told us what they accomplished.
All Affiliates are encouraged to use the available resources as a way to share our common goal of sustainable freight transportation. Learn more at SmartWay Affiliate Resources
SmartWay Designation for Qualified Day Cabs Now Available!Day cabs are now eligible to be SmartWay-designated tractors! Beginning in 2019, both sleeper and day cab configurations that use tractor aerodynamics, SmartWay-verified tires, and provide idle reduction options can apply for SmartWay designation.& These designated tractors will be the most fuel-efficient models for long-haul (sleeper) and regional-haul (day) applications.
Find out more about SmartWay-designated tractors and EPA verified technologies for its SmartWay and Clean Diesel programs, or contact the program's hotline at Tech_Center@epa.gov.
Don’t Overlook Freight-Related Emissions in your Climate Action Plans!A U.S. EPA SmartWay affiliate, the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), recognizes the importance of efficient freight movement. They encourage other municipalities and regions to implement SmartWay strategies as a way to meet their climate action plan goals and reach attainment of federal ozone standards more effectively.
Learn more about NCTCOG’s sustainability tips here:
SmartWay Partners in the News
- EPA Chief Michael Regan Touts Collaborative Approach of SmartWay Program
Transport Topics - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency praised the collaborative work between the trucking industry and his department on a federal program that has helped pave the way for cutting fuel consumption and reducing the carbon footprint across the transportation landscape.
- ATA Recognizes SmartWay Honorees
Transport Topics - American Trucking Associations honored 28 member companies for being recognized with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Excellence Awards.
- Trucking companies, others honored by EPA as SmartWay Partners
Truckers News - Seventy-two trucking companies, logistics providers and freight shippers today were honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their efforts in environmental, and energy efficiency. The companies were recipients of the EPA's SmartWay Partner awards.
- EPA honors SmartWay Excellence winners
Bulk Transporter - The SmartWay program was launched in 2004 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel use through voluntary partnerships.
- Idaho, Oregon, Washington trucking companies earn EPA national award for pollution reduction, transport efficiency
US Environmental Protection Agency - Award Recipients Are Top Environmental Performers and Leaders for Freight Supply Chain Efficiency
- EPA recognizes five Iowa logistics and freight companies as SmartWay partners
Business Record - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is honoring five Iowa truck carriers, logistics providers and freight shippers as industry leaders in supply chain, environmental and energy efficiency with its annual SmartWay Excellence Awards.
Capitol Briefs: EPA honors Missouri freight partners
The Missouri Times - The EPA recognized seven Missouri freight businesses for their environmental and energy efficiency with its SmartWay Excellence Awards.