SmartWay is a program created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help companies advance supply chain sustainability, benchmarking and freight transportation efficiency.
Why Is SmartWay Important?
Freight transportation is crucial for the world’s economy. Without freight transportation, our lives would be drastically different. Unfortunately, as freight transportation activity grows, so does the amount of air pollution created by the transportation vehicles. From 1990 to 2013, freight activity grew by more than 50 percent, according to the EPA. It is expected to double again by 2040, producing even more pollutants.
The increase in freight transportation and air pollutants prompted the EPA to create the SmartWay program in 2004. Freight carriers, shippers and logistics companies, like Valley Express and Plant Freight, can partner with the EPA to improve operations to reduce their carbon footprint.
There are many ways to incorporate sustainable practices in freight transportation and logistics.
Some of our practices include:
- Governing our trucks to drive 65 miles per hour to increase our miles per gallon
- Using fuel-efficient tires
- Adding skirting to our trailers to increase miles per gallon
- Analyzing equipment use and milage to make sustainable decisions
Incorporating these sustainability practices allow businesses to help the environment while saving money. The savings also benefit the end users of products because the lower cost gets passed down, ultimately saving everyone money.
Being a SmartWay partner gives businesses tools to measure sustainability and continually improve to reduce air pollution. If you are interested in learning more about our SmartWay partnership, please contact us.