About SmartWay

The SmartWay Transport Partnership is a free and voluntary program that helps businesses move goods efficiently while keeping fuel costs and environmental impact at a minimum.

Boost productivity, reduce emissions and be more competitive

SmartWay encourages best practices in freight supply chains. It helps carriers and shippers benchmark their operations, track fuel consumption and improve their overall performance.

Environmental performance is becoming more important as a business metric. To be competitive, your business must have a firm commitment to cut harmful emissions, no matter how you move your goods.

Be part of a North America-wide network of concerned professionals

More than 3,600 North American companies have signed on to the partnership, which was launched by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). SmartWay has been run in Canada by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) since 2012. SmartWay in Canada also works with NRCan’s FleetSmart initiative to help carriers save fuel.

Explore new technologies that improve performance

The EPA’s SmartWay Technology Program tests the performance of technologies that can decrease the environmental impact of freight transport. Solutions include aerodynamic technologies, idle reduction systems and low rolling-resistance tires.

The program is separate from NRCan, and some of these fuel-saving technologies may not comply with Canadian regulations. Always compare products and check with provincial and territorial authorities before you buy.

SmartWay 101

Watch this video to learn about SmartWay.

Transcript

Every day, the freight transportation sector connects Canadians with the goods they need from across the country and around the world while connecting Canadian businesses with global markets.

If you’re in the freight transportation business, you cover a lot of distance to make Canada and the world a little smaller.

All this movement requires a lot of energy.

Since 1990, energy consumption in Canada’s freight sector has risen 75%.

If you’re a truck carrier,

. . . a logistics provider

. . . or a shipping company,

you’re probably looking for ways to reduce your fuel consumption

. . . increase efficiencies across your supply chain,

and show leadership in creating an environmentally sustainable organization.

It’s important for your bottom line, and for the health of our environment.

But with a lack of industry-wide data, how do you know where, and by how much you can improve?

Or whether you’re already a leader in your industry?

Not too long ago, some of the world’s biggest freight shippers and carriers were asking the same questions.

They were looking for smart ways toreduce their fuel consumption and cut their emissions production.

The result was the development of SmartWay, a private-public program launched by the EPA to benchmark operations and emissions production.

After success in the US, SmartWay officially came to Canada in 2012, and with the recent joining of Mexico, now spans all of North America.

SmartWay is built on the concept that “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.”

The free program provides a robust set of tools to track, calculate and compare fuel consumption and GHG emissions across the industry.

SmartWay allows carriers to benchmark their efficiency and emissions against industry peers with similar operations. . .

. . . while tracking year-over-year performance.

SmartWay also allows logistics and shipping companies to easily calculate the energy efficiency and carbon footprint of their supply chain.

The valuable data captured by SmartWay helps participating truck carriers make strategic decisions about improving performance, like whether they should invest in:

  • New equipment
  • Training
  • Or other initiatives, such as an anti-idling program.

At the same time SmartWay is helping freight shippers to identify which carriers they should work with, and providing analysis of how modal shifts can lead to improved performance.

Today, there are over 3,500 carriers, logistics companies and shippers who participate in SmartWay across North America.

Together, they represent over 2,400 trucking fleets, 800,000 trucks on the road, and 88 billion kilometres logged every year!

SmartWay has also had a global impact, with similar initiatives launched right around the world.

If you’re a Canadian freight transportation company, it’s easy – and free – to participate in SmartWay.

Companies interested in joining SmartWay are provided with a Partner Account Manager who personally guides them through each step of the process.

And the data SmartWay requires is information that’s already generally tracked, such as the number of KM’s driven, and the amount of fuel used.

The fact is, by becoming a SmartWay partner, you can:

  • Save money;
  • Lower your fuel use; and
  • Reduce your emissions.

It’s all a part of building a more profitable business, and a smarter, more sustainable Canadian freight sector.

To find out more, visit www.smartway.nrcan.gc.ca.

Join SmartWay as a partner or an affiliate

Please visit the Join SmartWay page to see if you qualify as a partner and to register.

If you are not admissible as a partner, you might qualify as an affiliate. Please visit the SmartWay affiliates page for more details.

SmartWay and the Global Green Freight Action Plan

Canada is one of many countries developing a Global Green Freight Action Plan under the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and the United Nations Environment Program.

The plan encourages collaboration to make the global movement of freight more efficient in ways that reduce climate, health, energy and economic impacts.

Learn more about the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.

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