Choptank Transport is proud to be a Smartway Logistics Partner. Smartway is an EPA initiative that encourages lower fuel emissions in the transportation and supply chain industries. The Smartway program provides incentives and measurable ways to track and improve upon these emissions. The program began in 2004 and Choptank Transport has been a partner since 2010.
What is the SmartWay Transport Partnership?
The SmartWay Transport Partnership is an innovative collaboration between EPA and the freight industry. This voluntary partnership program uses strong market-based incentives to challenge companies to improve the environmental performance of their freight operations. Through their collaboration with EPA, SmartWay Transport partners improve their energy efficiency, save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve air quality.
Why is the SmartWay Transport Partnership important?
The US economy relies on shipping goods. However, these freight shipments have an environmental cost. Freight trucks and locomotives consume 35 billion gallons of diesel fuel each year, and burning this fuel produces over 350 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.
Current trends indicate that ground freight transportation will consume over 45 billion gallons of diesel fuel and produce over 450 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. These levels represent an increase of over 25 percent compared to today’s levels.
The SmartWay Transport Partnership aims to significantly reduce these emissions. The Partnership’s goal is to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 33 to 66 million metric tons per year, and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions by up to 200,000 tons per year. This will save the equivalent of up to 150 million barrels of oil per year. That’s the same as removing up to 12 million cars from the road each year.
What are the goals of the SmartWay Transport Partnership?
The goals of the Partnership are to reduce:
- Fuel consumption from trucks and rail delivering freight;
- Operating costs associated with the delivery of freight;
- Emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas; and
- NOx emissions and particulate matter, and air toxics that adversely affect air quality and contribute to health problems, especially in densely populated urban areas.
SmartWay Transport Partnership aims to save between 3.3 and 6.6 billion gallons of diesel fuel per year, which would eliminate at least 33 million metric tons of CO2 emissions and up to 200,000 tons of NOx emissions per year.