Thursday, March 20, 2014

SmartWay Celebrates a Decade of Environmental Improvement by Road Haulage and Rail Freight Carriers

Logistics Groups Have Taken to the Joint Programme with Alacrity
Shipping News Feature

US – The SmartWay® programme is a public-private initiative between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and federal and state authorities and a variety of road haulage outfits, rail freight carriers, logistics groups and others in the supply chain, and now the scheme is celebrating a decade of success in its sworn purpose to improve fuel efficiency and the environmental performance by the way the country transports goods to reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

According to EPA statistics SmartWay has eliminated 51.6 million tonnes of carbon pollution, resulting in savings of more than 120 million barrels of oil and $16.8 billion in fuel costs. This lowering of costs and improving environmental performance has been achieved with the use of both advanced fuel efficient technologies and revised operational practices in the freight supply chain.

Ten years ago, SmartWay started with fifteen ‘Charter Partners’, freight sector business leaders that shared and supported the initial vision of moving freight more efficiently, saving money on fuel costs and advancing fuel efficient technologies. Since then, the programme has grown to over 3,000 Partners including some of the nation’s largest freight shippers. The programme has recently expanded into Canada, which will allow US businesses to access one seamless cross-border programme with the nation’s largest trading partner.

SmartWay has inspired other large US trade partners, including China and Mexico, to initiate similar green freight programmes, making it easier for multinational companies to understand their global goods movement footprint. Leading such a global sustainability effort requires ongoing innovation and collaboration with multiple freight industry sectors, for example, this year SmartWay will offer a first-of-its-kind environmental assessment tool for the inland barge industry. Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, commented:

“SmartWay’s success over the past decade means cleaner air for Americans to breathe, and also lower shipping costs for businesses, a win-win. The partnership uses innovative technology to help national and multinational corporations operate a more connected, clean and climate-friendly global freight network.”