How does SmartWay Calculate Carrier Emissions Rates?

Carriers become SmartWay Partners by using a SmartWay Tool to submit their data and sign a Partner Agreement with Natural Resources Canada. 

The Tools calculate company-specific emissions rates at a fleet-by-fleet level:

  • For example, truck carriers are broken down into the following fleet categories: flatbed, less-than-truckload dry van, mixed, package delivery, refrigerated, specialized, tanker, truckload dry van.  
  • These categories delineate different types of freight shipping operations and equipment, using commonly-understood terminology.
  • Each fleet category has distinct operations characteristics and meets different freight hauling needs.
  • Each fleet is intended to represent an identifiable business unit that a carrier’s shipping customers can discern and select.

Note:  When shippers use SmartWay to compare carriers, it is at the fleet category level. This ensures “apples to apples” comparisons.

Once you have completed the Tool for your carrier company, you will be able to see your company-specific emissions rates, at the fleet level.  However, no company’s actual emissions statistics are ever made public.  Instead, SmartWay uses each company’s emissions rates to place carrier companies into performance ranges. What Carrier Emissions Information is Made Public?