SmartWay is a highly successful partnership between Government and Industry to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse emissions and pollution. Started in 2004 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, SmartWay sets voluntary standards on “green” products and encourages suppliers to develop and refine such products.

There are now over 3,500 Partners in SmartWay, almost 3,000 Truck Carriers representing over 700,000 trucks and over 200 Affiliates.

The beauty of SmartWay is that it works.  Intelligent “green products” and ideas save fuel and increase operational efficiency while also reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.   SmartWay verified tires and under-trailer air deflectors are examples.

Visit the SmartWay website for statistics and examples of how SmartWay is transforming the industry and helping the environment far more effectively than regulatory changes.

The Illinois Trucking Association is a proud SmartWay Transport Affiliate and encourages member carriers to join the SmartWay movement.

The American Trucking Associations, through its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, conferences, councils and other organizations represents more than 37,000 members including every type of motor carrier in the United States.

ATA and its affiliates are committed to delivering a cleaner tomorrow by being active in environmental issues and promoting a bold sustainability program that will have an immediate impact on the environment.  The industry plans to reduce fuel consumption by 86 billion gallons, thus reducing the carbon footprint of the trucking industry by nearly a billion tons over the next 10 years.

How will this be done?

  • Reduce the national speed limit to 65 mph for all vehicles, and install truck governors to limit speeds to no more than 68 mph

  • Reduce idling

  • Increase fuel efficiency by encouraging participation in the U.S. EPA SmartWay® Transport Partnership Program

  • Reduce congestion by improving highways, if necessary by raising the fuels tax

  • Use more productive truck combinations

  • Support national fuel economy standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks


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SmartWay Brand Builds Awareness Around Freight Sustainability

Before SmartWay, the shipping industry didn’t have a way to identify goods moved with reduced environmental impacts.

Today, the SmartWay brand is well known as a symbol of sustainable freight transportation, and, according to industry surveys, SmartWay and its partners are widely recognized for their leadership in moving goods using less fuel, more efficiently, and with a reduced carbon footprint.

SmartWay encourages freight carriers, shippers, and logistics providers participating in SmartWay to use the SmartWay brand as a tool for demonstrating their commitment to more sustainable shipping strategies. The SmartWay brand sends a clear signal to suppliers, customers, and the broader public about a company’s environmental commitment.