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SmartWay Transport Partnership: 2017 Truck Carrier Benchmarking Report

N.B. This is a sample report and may differ from the original version

NRCan Transportation (Example)

Partner Name: NRCan Transportation (Example)
SmartWay – Years in Program: 2012 - Present
Partner and Operation Type: Truck Carrier - TL/Dry Van Operations
Primary Contact: John Smith
Partner Account Manager: Jane Doe
Logo Status: Qualified

1.  About Your Benchmarking Report

The 2017 Truck Carrier Benchmarking Report is provided to each truck carrier company that registers for SmartWay through Natural Resources Canada. The purpose of this report is to provide you with additional information to help you track your year-to-year changes and to help you benchmark your performance against your peers. This report also provides you with information about your emissions binning.  The information in this report is shared only with you.

If you have any feedback and/or questions about this report and its contents please contact Smartway.

2.  Partner Performance Improvement

Natural Resources Canada is committed to helping its SmartWay partners reduce their fuel consumption and improve their performance. Natural Resources  Canada has  a variety of FREE resources available to help you reduce your fuel consumption, including:

  • Fuel efficient driver training
  • Fuel management training
  • Information on SmartWay-certified technologies
  • A forecasting tool to help fleet managers with purchasing decisions
  • Information on best practices for fuel savings
  • Assistance with data management

For more information on these free resources or on the SmartWay program in general, please contact Suzana Furtado.

3.  Emissions Bins

All SmartWay-registered truck carriers are ranked for each of the six emissions metrics used in the SmartWay Transport Partnership. All fleets are sorted into five bins for each of these metrics, with the top 20% of carriers for each emission put in the first bin, the next 20% in the second bin, and so on. The midpoint value for each bin is calculated and this number is the publicly-available emissions value for the truck carriers in that bin. Carriers are only binned with similar carriers (e.g. tankers with other tankers, auto haulers with other auto haulers) to allow for a better comparison. Figure 1 below shows the eight 2017 bin rankings for NRCan Transportation (Example).

NRcan transportation (Example)'s 2017 Bin Rankings
Measurement CO2 NOx PM
g/km 4 1 2
g/tonne-km 3 1 2

SmartWay carriers in Bin 1 are in the top 20% of performers in their operation type, carriers in Bin 2 are in the next 20% and so on, with carriers in Bin 5 being in the bottom 20%. Since we do not have company data for non-SmartWay carriers, by default they are attributed higher emissions compared to SmartWay partners.

4.  Benchmarking

This section contains six graphs showing NRCan Transportation (Example)'s relative performance against other SmartWay-registered TL/Dry Van Operation Fleets (the red dot in each graph represents NRCan Transportation (Example)'s performance).

The six graphs show:

  • Fuel Consumption (L/100km)
  • Idling Hours (avg. hours per truck per year)
  • Average Payload (tonnes)
  • Average Kilometres per Truck (km)
  • Empty Kilometres (%)
  • Capacity Utilization (%)

Please note that the information shown in these graphs is meant to provide a comparison of your fleet’s operational performance against similar fleets, but does not consider outside factors which could affect your relative performance. For example, the L/100km graph does not consider the impacts of operating in different climates when measuring fuel consumption.

Fuel Consumption

NRCan Transportation (Example)'s fuel consumption of 39.9 L/100km ranks 664 out of 990 SmartWay TL/Dry Van Operation truck carriers. It is important to note that fuel consumption is influenced by many factors, including vehicle size, engine year, payload, idling, geography, etc. Many strategies and practices are available to help reduce fuel consumption. If you would like more information on these, please contact your Partner Account Manager.

NRCan Transportation (Example)’s fuel consumption and fleet rank
Fuel Consumption (L/100km) Fleet Rank Total # of SmartWay TL/Dry Van Operations Fleets
39.9 664 990

Idling Hours

Idling hours refers to the time a truck spends with the engine running but not moving. Idling hours can be long-duration, such as idling overnight or short duration, such as idling in traffic. At 286 hours per truck per year, NRCan Transportation (Example) ranks 214 out of 990 SmartWay TL/Dry Van Operation truck carriers in average idling hours. Higher idling hours can result in increased fuel consumption and can be minimized through the use of auxiliary power units, the implementation of idling reduction strategies/policies, and/or through improved routing.

NRCan Transportation (Example)’s average idle hours and fleet rank
Average Idle Hours Fleet Rank Total # of SmartWay TL/Dry Van Operations Fleets
286 214 990

Average Payload

Average payload is the average weight of the freight being hauled on each trip. NRCan Transportation (Example)'s average payload of 16.78 tonnes ranks 434 out of 990 SmartWay TL/Dry Van Operation truck carriers. A carrier’s average payload can significantly influence its fuel economy. For companies with higher average payloads, the grams per tonne-km bin metrics shown on the first page of this report may be a better indicator of the carrier’s relative performance than the grams per km metrics. The average payload is affected primarily by vehicle class and the type of commodity being hauled (e.g. lighter-weight commodities generally have lower payloads than heavier commodities).

NRCan Transportation (Example)’s average payload and fleet rank
Average Payload (Tonnes) Fleet Rank Total # of SmartWay TL/Dry Van Operations Fleets
16.78 434 990

Average Kilometres per Truck

With an annual average of 136,691 km per truck NRCan Transportation (Example) ranked 560 out of 990 in average kilometres per truck among SmartWay TL/Dry Van Operation truck carriers.

NRCan Transportation (Example)’s annual average kilometres per truck and fleet rank
Annual Average Kilometres Per Truck Fleet Rank Total # of SmartWay TL/Dry Van Operations Fleets
136,691 560 990

Empty Kilometres Percentage

Empty kilometres are kilometres for which no payload is being carried. Empty kilometres may be revenue-kilometres or non-revenue kilometres depending on the arrangement between the fleet and its shippers. With 9% of total kilometres being empty kilometres, NRCan Transportation (Example) ranks 411 out of 990 SmartWay TL/Dry Van Operation truck carriers in empty kilometre percentage.


NRCan Transportation (Example)’s percentage of empty kilometres and fleet rank
Percentage of Empty Kilometres (%) Fleet Rank Total # of SmartWay TL/Dry Van Operations Fleets
9 411 990

Capacity Utilization

Capacity utilization measures how much of a vehicle’s cargo capacity (either volume or weight) is used per trip. Un-utilized capacity represents lost potential revenue for the carrier and increased costs to shippers to move goods. NRCan Transportation (Example)'s 80% capacity utilization percentage ranks 680 out of 990 SmartWay TL/Dry Van Operation truck carriers.

NRCan Transportation (Example)’s capacity utilization and fleet rank
Capacity Utilization (%) Fleet Rank Total # of SmartWay TL/Dry Van Operations Fleets
80 680 990

5.  Year-to-Year Improvement and Comparison

The table below summarizes the year-to-year changes for seven metrics, both for NRCan Transportation (Example) and for the SmartWay TL/Dry Van Operations fleets as a whole. This table can help you measure your year-to-year progress against fleets with similar operation types. You can also compare your emissions ranking against your peers on the SmartWay Web site at, under “Carrier Emissions Results”.

  2017 2016 % Change
NRCan Transportation (Example) 39.90 41.30 -3.39%
TL/Dry Van Operations Average 38.44 38.95 -1.32%
  Average Idling Hours
NRCan Transportation (Example) 286 1144 -75.00%
TL/Dry Van Operations Average 766 784 -2.26%
  Average Payload (tonnes)
NRCan Transportation (Example) 16.78 16.78 0.00%
TL/Dry Van Operations Average 15.9 16.2 -1.87%
  Capacity Utilization
NRCan Transportation (Example) 80 80 0.00%
TL/Dry Van Operations Average 86 86 0.22%
  CO2 g/tonne-km
NRCan Transportation (Example) 64 66 -3.03%
TL/Dry Van Operations Average 102 71 43.46%
  NOx g/tonne-km
NRCan Transportation (Example) 0.07 0.35 -80.00%
TL/Dry Van Operations Average 0.32 0.32 -0.86%
  PM2.5 g/tonne-km
NRCan Transportation (Example) 0.00240 0.01590 -84.91%
TL/Dry Van Operations Average 0.00785 0.01015 -22.74%


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