EPA ANNOUNCES NEW NATIONAL INITIATIVE TO REDUCE
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS AND IMPROVE AIR QUALITY
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Today, in Chicago Ill. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Administrator Christie Whitman, along with partners from leading
multi-national corporations, announced a new voluntary effort called
SmartWay Transport. SmartWay Transport Charter Partners have agreed to
work with EPA to develop performance measures or goals to improve air
quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save fuel, and protect public
health. These companies are demonstrating that these efforts can also
make good business sense by not only saving money but also helping the
SmartWay Transport aims to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas
emissions from ground freight carriers such as trucks and locomotives.
By 2012 this initiative aims to reduce as much as 18 million metric tons
of carbon equivalent, and up to 200,000 tons of Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)
annually. These reductions will create fuel savings of up to 150 million
barrels of oil annually.
"Our SmartWay truck and rail partners are working with EPA to
develop ways to cut emissions and conserve fuel." said EPA
Administrator Christie Whitman. "Their environmental stewardship will
improve air quality and increase efficiency while transporting America's
goods and keeping our economy vital."
Eventually participating corporations will earn SmartWay labels
that will distinguish them as having made significant commitments to
reducing emissions. This voluntary partnership was developed and
modeled after EPA's highly successful Energy Star Program. Where
Energy Star focuses on reducing pollution from consumer products and labeling
energy efficient buildings, SmartWay Transport will help to reduce
pollution from the vehicles that move these products to their destination.
EPA and its Charter Partners are presently working to finalize how
program goals will be met. To be recognized as a SmartWay Transport
partner companies may incorporate the following environmental
strategies and technologies. These strategies include:
Reducing or eliminating prolonged idling of long-haul trucks can save
up to 2,000 gallons per truck each year, reduce emissions and lower engine
Using a streamlined profile truck tractor with aerodynamic devices such
as cab extenders can reduce fuel consumption by at least 600 gallons
and eliminate over six metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year
compared to a typical classic profile tractor.
Improved Freight Logistics:
Logistic strategies can increase the efficiency of trucking operations,
save fuel and increase profits for trucking companies. Logistic
strategies include load matching, more efficient routing and scheduling
of vehicles and improved receiving policies. If a long haul carrier
reduces its empty mileage by just one percent it can save nearly 200
gallons of fuel and eliminate almost two metric tons of greenhouse gas
emissions per truck each year.
Self Inflating Tire Systems:
Automatic tire inflation systems monitor and continually adjust the
level of pressurized air to tires, maintaining proper tire pressure
even when the truck is moving. Installing automatic tire inflation systems
on truck and trailer axles can save nearly $300 per year in tire
replacement costs and reduce fuel consumption by at least 90 gallons
per year for a typical combination truck with an annual cost saving of at
least $135 and eliminating at least one metric ton of greenhouse gas
Well-trained drivers can reduce fuel consumption by applying simple
techniques such as the use of cruise control, coasting whenever
possible, reducing maximum freeway speeds and minimizing truck idling.
Driver training can improve fuel economy by at least five percent
saving more than $1,000 in fuel costs and eliminating nearly eight metric tons
of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
These SmartWay Transport partners are accomplishing these
important goals above and beyond what is required of them as part of
EPA's regulatory programs. Charter SmartWay partners are listed below.
Additional information on SmartWay Transport is available at
SmartWay Transport Charter Partners
Canon USA, Inc.
Federal Express Corporation
H-E-B Grocery Company
Norm Thompson Outfitters
Schneider National, Inc.