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Smartway Tool Submission Deadlines

SmartWay Tool Submission Deadlines

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SmartWay Tool Submission Deadlines

  • Truck Tool
    • Cohort 1 - March 2, 2022
    • Cohort 2 - April 6, 2022
    • Cohort 3 - May 4, 2022
  • Rail Tool - May 4, 2022
  • Barge Tool - May 4, 2022
  • Logistics Tool - September 21, 2022
  • Shippers Tool - December 7, 2022

SmartWay tool submission deadlines

SmartWay contacts truck carriers in January to tell them which cohort they belong to. New SmartWay partners can submit their file at any time.

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SmartWay tool updates

  • Freight Shippers

    Version 2.0.20 of the Shipper Tool contains a number of updates and revisions to the prior version, 2.0.19. These updates have been implemented to enhance the usefulness, clarity and accuracy of the Tool, and are summarized below:

    • If the user chooses the Way 4 participation level, only Distance & Weight Improvements and Modal Shift Impacts implemented during the reporting year will be counted towards Way 4 participation. Partners can still use the tool to estimate changes from activities to be implemented in the coming year as before, but they will not count towards Way 4 participation requirements.
    • Black carbon emissions estimates are now available in the tool’s Emissions Summary, Carrier Performance, and SmartWay Category Detail reports.
    • Miscellaneous text and format updates for clarification.
  • Logistics companies

    Version 2.0.19 of the Logistics Tool contains a number of updates and revisions to the prior version, 2.0.18. These updates have been implemented to enhance the usefulness and clarity of the Tool, and are summarized below:

    • USDOT numbers may now be eight digits (up from a maximum length of seven digits previously); the Composite Fleet Details screen, Truck Fleet Details screen, and Logistics Business Unit Details screen have been updated to accept up to eight digits for the USDOT number.
    • Users can now enter payloads as low as 0.001 tonnes on the Activity screen.
    • The Internal Metrics report has been updated to display five decimals for all pollutants.
    • Miscellaneous text and format updates for clarification.
  • Truck Carriers

    The emission factors for NOx, PM and Black Carbon have been updated using EPA’s MOVES3.0.1 emissions model. (Note: CO2 factors remain unchanged.) The new model uses updated data obtained from a variety of emission measurement studies. The resulting emission rates differ significantly from the values used in last year’s SmartWay Truck Tool.

    • Class 8b diesel extended idle gram per hour rates
      • NOx estimates are approximately 40 – 80% lower than previous MOVES model estimates, depending on engine model year;
      • PM and Black Carbon estimates are approximately 55-90% lower than the prior values for 2007+ model year engines;
      • PM and Black Carbon estimates are within 10% of the prior values for 2006 and older model year engines;
    • Short-term idle gram per hour rates
      • NOx estimates for diesels range from about the same to ~50% lower than prior values for pre-2010 engines, and are substantially higher for 2010+ engines;
      • PM and Black Carbon estimates for diesels are substantially higher for pre-2010 engines, and dramatically lower for most 2010+ engines;
      • NOx estimates for gasoline engines are within 10% of the prior values for pre-2008 engines, and generally much lower for 2008+ engines;
      • PM and Black Carbon estimates for gasoline engines are substantially lower for pre-2004 engines, but can be substantially above or below the prior values for 2004+ engines depending on model year and truck class;

    Exhaust gram per mile rates can vary greatly (ranging between -97% and +475%), depending on pollutant, fuel type, engine model year, truck class, and operating mode (e.g., urban operation speed bin, highway operation). There is no overall directional pattern to the changes, and a fleet may see notable increases or decreases in their total emissions compared to last year, even if total mileage, truck class and model year distributions remain the same.

  • Multimodal carriers

    Version 2.0.19 of the Multimodal Tool contains a number of updates and revisions to the prior version, 2.0.18. These updates have been implemented to enhance the usefulness and clarity of the Tool, and are summarized below:

    • Miscellaneous text and format updates for clarification.
    • USDOT numbers may now be eight digits (up from a maximum length of seven digits previously); the Composite Fleet Details screen, Truck Fleet Details screen, and Logistics Business Unit Details screen have been updated to accept up to eight digits for the USDOT number.
    • For Truck component fleets:
      • New NOx, PM, and Black Carbon emission factors have been updated for 2019 from the new USEPA MOVES model, version 2014b.
      • Removed questions on the General Info screen pertaining to long haul vs. short haul split and LTL-specific question about weight and load.
      • Removed required inputs from the Activity Data screen pertaining to truck cargo volume (and associated volume calculator screen) and average used cargo volume percent to make data entry easier for the user. This includes removal of these items from corresponding reports and removing the grams per thousand cubic metre-kilometres and grams per thousand utilized cubic metre-kilometres metrics from the Internal Metrics report.
      • Added a requirement for greater-than-zero days on the road in the Idle Hours calculator.
      • Added black carbon emissions metrics and reefer fuel use to the year-to-year comparison report.
    • For Logistics component fleets:
      • The import and export screens have been updated to allow users to import/export an XLSX file type (in addition to the CSV file type allowed previously).
      • Users can now enter payloads as low as 0.001 tonnes on the Activity screen.
      • The Internal Metrics report has been undated to display five decimals for all pollutants.
    • For Barge component fleets:
      • The Internal Metrics report has been undated to display five decimals for all pollutants.
    • For Air component fleets:
      • Changed the file type of the import/export starter file (a formatted Excel file with example rows showing how to create a data import file) to XLSX (from XLS).
      • Changed the accepted data import file type from XLS to XLSX.
      • The Internal Metrics report has been undated to display five decimals for all pollutants.
    • For Rail component fleets:
      • The Internal Metrics report has been undated to display five decimals for all pollutants.

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