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SmartWay Technologies Reduce Emissions Significantly

- by Christina Hryniuk

Over the past decade, technology has dramatically improved supply chain freight efficiency. The SmartWay Technology Program have accredited numerous innovative technologies, which fleets are adopting because of the return on investment.

EPA-verified technologies reduce emissions for tractors, trailers, and locomotives. It also saves fuel. EPA varies aerodynamic devices, idling reduction equipment, and retread low rolling resistance tires. It also designates trailers quipped with combinations of EPA-verified technologies as SmartWay Trailers.

Fleet managers can buy SmartWay Verified Technologies directly from manufacturers and dealers.


Aerodynamic Devices for Trailers

Adding aerodynamic devices to smooth airflow over a truck on the highway is relatively cheap and an easy way for fleets to improve fuel economy in long-haul tractor-trailer applications.

Low Rolling Resistance (LRR) New and Retread Tire Technologies for tractors and trailers

Using the right tires cuts down on furl costs and harmful NOx emissions. Certain low rolling resistance tires and retread technologies can reduce cost and emissions for long-haul class 8 tractor-trailers by three percent or more.

To reach that reduction, the following requirements must be met:

Tires

  • Tires are used on the axle positions for which verification is specified.
  • Verified low rolling resistance tires are installed on all axle positions of the tractor and trailer. (Note: EPA has also demonstrated incremental fuel savings when low rolling resistance tires are used just on the tractor and/or just on the trailer.)
  • All tires are properly inflated according to the manufacturer's specifications.

Retreads

  • Verified retread technologies are used on both the drive and trailer axles. (Note: EPA has also demonstrated incremental fuel savings when low rolling resistance tires are used just on the tractor and/or just on the trailer.)
  • The retread technologies are used on the axle positions for which verification is specified.
  • Verified low rolling resistance steer tires are used.
  • All tires are properly inflated according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Idling Reduction Technologies (IRTs) for trucks and school buses

In extreme weather conditions, truck divers must idle, but idling reduction technologies allow operators to shut down the main propulsion engine by using a device.

Each year, long-duration truck idling results in the following estimated figures:

  • 1 billion gallons of fuel consumption
  • 11 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • 180,000 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx)
  • 5,000 tons of particulate matter (PM)

Looking to save money and reduce your carbon footprint? Join SmartWay.

The Manitoba Trucking Association encourages all trucking companies to better educate themselves with the myriad of benefits the SmartWay program provides. SmartWay will be hosting a free webinar on Feb. 26 at 10 a.m.

Greening Freight Programs invites you to join this Webex meeting.

Meeting number (access code): 557 426 888
Meeting password: 8bBywY62
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
10:00 am | (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) | 1 hr

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How does SmartWay Calculate Carrier Emissions Rates?

- by Christina Hryniuk

SmartWay provides partners access to free resources and tools, while helping track and improve fuel efficiency, which will reduce emissions and operating costs. SmartWay is also committed to recognizing and publicizing the work of its partners. How are emissions measured and calculated?

In collaboration with their partners, SmartWay is asking partners to submit data to the SmartWay tool. The tool calculates a company’s specific emission rates, with accordance to their fleet category.


The six emission categories are:

  • Grams/kilometer of carbon dioxide
  • Grams/kilometer of nitrous oxide
  • Grams/kilometer of particulate matter (2.5 microns)
  • Grams/tonne-kilometer of carbon dioxide
  • Grams/tonne-kilometer of nitrous oxide
  • Grams/tonne-milometer of particulate matter (2.5 microns)

At yearend, shippers can calculate their own freight carbon footprint using the information from the carriers they work with.

The actual emission rates are never made public, however SmartWay uses the data to place companies into performance ranges, which are specific to each fleet category. Each fleet category has characteristics that can affect both fuel consumption and emissions, which makes the study unique.


How do Shippers use the data?

Shipping partners also submit data each year. They can import the information using SmartWay so they to can compare fleets, while evaluating transportation cost’s. Other calculations include, freight emissions and inventory of emission levels across each of the emissions categories.

Track truck carries data here.

For more information on SmartWay go here.

The Manitoba Trucking Association encourages all trucking companies to better educate themselves with the myriad of benefits the SmartWay program provides. SmartWay will be hosting a free webinar on Feb. 26 at 10 a.m.

Greening Freight Programs invites you to join this Webex meeting.

Meeting number (access code): 557 426 888
Meeting password: 8bBywY62
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
10:00 am | (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) | 1 hr

Join Meeting


 

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