Join the SmartWay program

The SmartWay Transportation Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages best practices in freight supply chains. SmartWay helps partners to:

  • benchmark their operations
  • track fuel consumption and improve overall performance
  • attract business and differentiate their operations from competitors

By joining SmartWay, you are notifying suppliers, customers and investors that your sustainability goals include a commitment to clean freight.

A North America-wide network of concerned professionals

SmartWay welcomes partnerships with these transportation specialists:

Freight shippers

  • Easily compare performance of carriers and make cost effective decisions
  • Get more accurate data on their carriers’ transportation emission which helps shippers to report their carbon emissions
  • Quantify, benchmark, and track emissions across the supply chain
  • Enhance their company’s image to appeal to investors and consumers; and

Logistics companies

Truck carriers

Multimodal carriers

A multimodal carrier is a company that:

  • operates its own private truck fleet combined with one or more of the following; a rail company, a barge company or a logistics brokerage; and also
  • operates its own private truck fleet with:
    1. at least 5% of its freight shipping contracted with truck and/or logistics companies; or
    2. at least 10% of its freight shipping contracted with rail, air, and/or barge companies

Barge carriers

Marine carriers that manage river and open-water barge operations are eligible to become SmartWay Partners.

SmartWay affiliates and community members

If you’re not a shipper, logistics firm or carrier, you may still qualify as a SmartWay affiliate.

Joining SmartWay is free and simple

Follow these steps to become a SmartWay partner:

  1. Select and review the user guide that will help you complete the tool that applies to your operation.
  2. Select and complete your tool by providing information about your operation.
  3. Email your completed tool to NRCan for approval.

NRCan will contact you to confirm your partnership in the program.

Learn the benefits of SmartWay for shippers and logistics firms – Video

Learn more about SmartWay with insights from industry professionals on the value of joining this well-established North American transportation initiative.

Transcript of Video for Shipper and Logistic companies

Narrator:

Welcome to the SmartWay Transport Partnership.

Finding creative solutions to move your products and supplies in the cleanest, greenest way possible – while saving fuel and cutting costs – is more important today than ever before!

That’s why thousands of shippers and carriers from across North America are joining the SmartWay Transport Partnership.

SmartWay is a voluntary program that links freight shippers—manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers and logistics service providers — with fuel-efficient carriers. 

SmartWay Partners include many Fortune 500 companies such as Nestle, Catalyst Paper, UPS and Ikea and many of Canada’s largest truck carriers.

Since its creation in 2004, SmartWay and its partners have successfully saved 65 million barrels of oil, which is the equivalent of taking 5 million cars off the road each year.

These savings represent billions of dollars in operational costs and a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and other harmful pollutants – helping the freight industry reduce costs while creating a more sustainable future.

Bob Ballantyne, President, Canadian Industrial Transportation Association:

SmartWay is one of those programs, where people that are involved in it are going to do well by doing good.

In other words, it is good for the environment but there is an economic payback as well. The whole idea of reducing your energy consumption obviously means that you are going to reduce costs and that is going to be good for everybody in the whole supply chain, both the carriers, and the shippers, and the receivers of goods as well.

Alison Toscano, Project Manager, Supply Chain Management Association:

Over the last five years we have seen a change.

At the beginning when green was just becoming a word in supply chain, it was seen as a driver of cost.

People were very hesitant to engage because they felt it was going to drive their costs up.

But as a lot of companies went through the process of greening they realized it was actually saving them money because they would review their entire business processes and come out with more efficient processes, whether it was just from a fleet standpoint or other processes within their business.

Narrator:

Joining the partnership is free and easy.

SmartWay gives you a set of industry-accepted tools to analyze your freight operations.

We will work with SmartWay carriers to improve their fuel efficiency which in turn will improve the carbon footprint of your transportation operations.

You will also be able to demonstrate your environmental performance to customers and shareholders.

To improve your environmental performance as a shipper of goods you can require that your carriers also be SmartWay Partners.

This will help increase the demand for sustainability across all elements of the freight supply chain. 

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Alain Boutin, Director of Compliance and Operations, Cascade Transport :

For those of us at Cascades Transport, this isn’t just important, it’s a requirement.

Cascade’s slogan is “Greener than Nature” so as a transportation company, you know we have no choice but to adhere to that statement.

We’re obligated to do so. We’re connected to some amazing new technologies which have really helped us to reduce the fuel consumption of our whole fleet.

Being part of a group like SmartWay helps us to be aware of what is going on in the world of transportation, and stay ahead of the latest innovations.

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Alison Toscano, Project Manager, Supply Chain Management Association:

When it comes to the RFP process, we have heard that, if you go back a couple of years in the RFP, having some kind of green program in your company had about a 5% weighting when you were going through the RFP process.

Today it is as much as a 30% weighting.

So if you are on the program and moving towards getting more and more efficient obviously it is going to be of benefit.

It gains you access to a broader customer base because people are going to be looking for that efficiency rating.

Narrator:

If you’re ready to make a commitment to improving your freight operations and the environment, while enhancing your bottom line, take the first step and join the SmartWay Transport Partnership.

You move freight the smart way.

Now you can show it.

For you and your employees. Your customers. And our environment.

Contact Natural Resources Canada today and become a SmartWay Partner

 

Truck carriers choose the SmartWay Transportation Partnership – Video

Learn how SmartWay has helped the transportation industry save billions of dollars in operational costs and make significant reductions in harmful emissions./p>

Transcript

Narrator:

Welcome to the SmartWay Transport Partnership.

Finding creative solutions to move your products and supplies in the cleanest, greenest way possible – while saving fuel and cutting costs – is more important today than ever before!

That’s why thousands of shippers and carriers from across North America are joining the SmartWay Transport Partnership.

SmartWay is a voluntary program that links freight shippers—manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers and logistics service providers — with fuel-efficient carriers. 

SmartWay Partners include many Fortune 500 companies such as Nestle, Catalyst Paper, UPS and Ikea and many of Canada’s largest truck carriers.

Since it’s creation in 2004, SmartWay and its partners have successfully saved 65 million barrels of oil, which is the equivalent of taking 5 million cars off the road each year.

These savings represent billions of dollars in operational costs and a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and other harmful pollutants – helping the freight industry reduce costs while creating a more sustainable future.

Tammy White, Business Development Executive, XTL Transport:

As a transport company, XTL has a fuel spend upwards of $20 million, so for us working with companies that we can partner with that are sharing the same interest to share and save on fuel economy, reduce emissions, it is very important for us to work with companies that are of the same mind set.

So, it was very evident to us that it was important to get involved in that to make sure that we were not excluding ourselves from opportunities that are presented by being known as a green company.

Bob Ballantyne, Canadian Industrial Transportation Association:

SmartWay is one of those programs where people that are involved in it are going to do well by doing good.

In other words, it is good for the environment but there is an economic payback as well.

The whole idea of reducing your energy consumption obviously means that you are going to reduce costs and that is going to be good for everybody in the whole supply chain, both the carriers, and the shippers, and the receivers of goods as well.

Narrator:

As a SmartWay freight carrier, you become part of a network committed to saving fuel, money, and reducing emissions.

Dave Corcoran, Director, National Transportation and Distribution, Nestlé:

We all play a part in reducing our environmental impact.

It’s the right thing to do.

In fact at Nestlé, sustainability is a consideration of our carrier selection.

Narrator:

Joining the partnership is free and easy.

SmartWay gives you a set of industry-accepted tools to analyze your freight operations.

We will work with you to improve your fuel efficiency and publicly recognize your company’s achievement.

As a SmartWay carrier, you can gain a competitive advantage— and potentially new customers—by filling a rising demand for fuel-efficient carriers. 

Tammy White, Business Development Executive, XTL Transport:

These programs standardize the way that we use the information and access it and now with SmartWay Canada those things are going to be geared more towards the Canadian market and will offer such things as different network capabilities that are primarily attractive to Canadian companies.

Alison Toscano, Project Manager, Supply Chain Management Association:

The Fortune 500 companies are really driving a top-down process to make the carriers go green.

They are demanding this because they have all developed corporate responsibility programs and they see that the supply chain and the transportation portion are adding to their carbon footprint and they want to see a reduction in that area.

We feel that being a member of the SmartWay program it will give you access to markets that you didn’t have before because there will be shippers who are looking for, and limiting response to RFPs, to people who are part of the SmartWay program.

Narrator:

If you’re ready to make a commitment to improving your freight operations and the environment, while enhancing your bottom line, take the first step and join the SmartWay Transport Partnership.

You move freight the smart way.

Now you can show it.

For you and your employees. Your customers. And our environment.

Contact Natural Resources Canada today and become a SmartWay Partner

 

Become a SmartWay affiliate

SmartWay affiliates include trade and professional organizations, equipment dealers and truck stops. Affiliate membership is a great way to show your support for SmartWay shippers, carriers and logistics firms as they strive for greater operational efficiency and better environmental performance.

To join, simply download the SmartWay Affiliate Agreement and email us your completed copy.

Do you have questions about joining SmartWay?