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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - SmartWay


EPA SmartWay Releases SmartWay Transport Partner
Logo Guidelines


On Monday, August 20th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay program released their new guidelines and requirements for use of the SmartWay Transport Partner logo. For logistics companies currently enrolled as a SmartWay partner, the SmartWay logo is for use only by those logistics companies that demonstrate superior environmental performance standards for freight operations. 

The partner companies that meet the requirements can use the logo in consumer advertising, company marketing materials and business-to-business promotional materials. In addition, SmartWay partners agree to promote the SmartWay Transport Partnership as a transportation-related strategy for improving air quality, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the overall carbon foot print of the transportation industry. 

In order to obtain the rights to use the logo, logistics companies are required to have facilitated the movement of at least 75% (miles) of their freight on SmartWay certified carriers in 2012. There is concern within the industry on this established threshold level. There are just fewer than 2,500 certified truck carriers in the SmartWay program and with capacity concerns becoming a serious issue; we question the number of logistics companies that will be able to obtain the logo. 

It is likely that only LTL logistics companies or companies with a large percentage of LTL business will be able to meet this goal. TIA will continue their discussions with SmartWay staff and work with them on achieving fair and realistic goals to promote the program within the brokerage industry.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the new broker/logistics tool as a beta version.

EPA SmartWay staff highly recommends that companies use the user guide the first time they fill out the new tool. 

Over the past year or so, EPA has worked with volunteer partners to explore SmartWay 2.0 design options. These partners are similar to the initial Smart Way Charter Partner Groups which helped EPA develop the first-generation SmartWay program.

While the current SmartWay program has focused mainly on truck and rail emissions assessments. SmartWay 2.0 will expand the program’s scope to include all freight modes of land, air, and sea.  

Logistics companies scoring are being amended under SmartWay 2.0, currently a logistics company scoring is based on the amount of freight moved and tonnage miles traveled. In Smart Way 2.0, a logistics company score will be negatively impacted on the percentage of carriers used that are not Smart Way certified. The default value of a non-SmartWay carrier could extremely have an adverse effect on your emissions assessment and carbon footprint. The logistics tool will look very similar to the shipper tool currently being used by EPA.

In the 2.0 version, EPA is still considering what the requirements would be for a logistics company to be able to use the “SmartWay logo”, there is no percentage requirement a logistics company must meet to be a SmartWay partner, but logistics companies will be measured against other logistics companies based on their emissions assessment and carbon footprint from the carriers that they contract with.  

EPA staff is requiring a shipper to use at least 75% SmartWay compliant logistics companies or carriers. Thus, creating the problem of contracting for GSA freight, the government will likely only contract their loads to SmartWay partners with good emission rate and small carbon footprint. Multi-modal logistics companies will be enticing to shippers, especially those that use rail.

EPA is looking for feedback and comments; however changes will be made based on budget constraints.

If you have any questions please contact Chris Burroughs at burroughs@tianet.org or (703) 299-5705.