Tuesday, April 6, 2010

SmartWay Anti Pollution Scheme Attracts More Shipping And Logistics Groups

EPA Incentive Pushes for Cleaner Air by 2012
Shipping News Feature

US – The SmartWay Partnership, a scheme devised and promoted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), keeps on attracting freight associated companies interested in reducing emissions from their vehicle fleets. Con-way Multimodal are the latest sign ups and join three other Con-way group companies which already hold the maximum SmartWay Elite seal of approval. Con-way Multimodal arranges third-party carrier services shipping over-the-road, intermodal, flatbed, heavy haulage and specialized transportation consignments.

SmartWay transport partners and affiliates, all of whom actively pursue activities that support the Partnership's goal to reduce 33 to 66 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and up to 200,000 tons of nitrogen oxide per year by 2012 by improving the environmental performance of U.S. freight operations. SmartWay partners now number over 2,200 across the whole of North America. Carbon dioxide is the most common greenhouse gas, and nitrogen oxide is an air pollutant that contributes to smog.

Launched in February 2004, the SmartWay Transport Partnership brings together major freight shippers, trucking companies, railroads, logistics companies and trade/professional associations to pursue mutually beneficial strategies that result in emissions reductions and other environmental improvements, as well as cost savings to the companies.

Under EPA's program, SmartWay trucking and logistics companies commit to measuring and improving the efficiency of their freight operations using the EPA-developed F.L.E.E.T. (Fleet Logistics Energy and Environmental Tracking) Performance Model. Carriers and logistics companies must agree to improve their performance within three years and must also sign the SmartWay Transport Partnership Agreement. For information about the SmartWay Transport Partnership visit http://www.epa.gov/smartway/.