SmartWay International Interests
The trading relationship between the U.S., Canada and Mexico represents the largest trading bloc in the world, totaling over $735 billion in total trade for 2009. Huge volumes of manufactured goods and commodities cross these borders each day, strengthening our economic ties but also causing greenhouse gases and criteria pollutant emissions. EPA is working closely with the governments and other key stakeholders in these countries to support their efforts to address their domestic freight sustainability challenges and to reduce transnational trade emissions.
Since 2012, implementation and administration of SmartWay began in Canada by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). NRCAN has also established a freight program called FleetSmart which teaches best practices for industry as well as safety techniques. EPA has also engaged Transport Canada on freight efficiency initiatives and aims to collaborate with both agencies on joint quantification and data sharing methods. The SmartWay Transport Partnership includes dozens of Canadian-based shippers and carriers.
More Resources on SmartWay's relationship with Canada
- For more information regarding SmartWay in Canada, visit: http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/transportation/business/smartway/18053
- To access the SmartDriver E-learning portal, jointly developed by EPA and NRCan to provide in-depth training on fuel efficient driving techniques, please sign up and log in at: http://fleetsmartlearning.nrcan.gc.ca/Saba/Web/Main
- Press Release: U.S., Canada Join to Cut Freight Industry Emissions and Save Fuel
- Information about FleetSmart can be found by calling 1-800-387-2000 or at FleetSmart.
EPA Clean Diesel Collaboratives in Canada
- The Blue Skyways Collaborative includes public and private interests from nine states, Canada, and Mexico seeking voluntary solutions, incentives, and shared approaches to reducing diesel and other fuel-related vehicle emissions and emissions from the energy sector in America's Heartland. The states are Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.
- The Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative is a collaboration of federal, state, and local agencies, along with communities, non-profit organizations and private companies, working together to reduce emissions from diesel engines in the Midwest. The border is one of its areas of interest.
- The West Coast Collaborative is a public-private partnership working to reduce diesel emissions along the West Coast.
Secretara de Medio Ambiente Y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT) established a freight efficiency effort for Mexico in 2011 called the Transporte Limpio (Clean Transportation) program. The program is modeled after SmartWay, using similar tools and quantification and reporting methods. The program now includes over 70 partners and works to educate the industry on SmartWay technologies and operational practices. EPA advised SEMARNAT on program design and best practices.