Blue & Gold Saves Green. OnTrac & the SmartWay Transport Partnership

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 1:15:00 PM
earthDay finalgraphicEarth Day is just a few weeks away, and it's a great time to explore how OnTrac is doing its part to reduce transportation-related carbon, energy use, and air emissions.

Trucking companies are responsible for 84% of the commercial transportation industry‚Äďabout 5% of America's GDP. Truckers log about 93.5 billion highway miles per year in the US, enough to circle the globe almost 4 million times! Ground transportation is a core part of our economy and way of life, and it needs to be done responsibly. 

Queue SmartWay 
SmartWay is a voluntary program developed by the US Environmental Protection Agency for improving fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gasses. Since 2004, actions taken by SmartWay Transport Partners have saved over 120 million barrels of oil, the equivalent of taking 10 million cars off the road for an entire year! 

"SmartWay offers shippers and their carriers a win-win-win situation," SmartWay Logosays
Casey Chroust, former Executive Vice President for the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). "The reason is very simple. It reduces transportation costs, it increases supply chain efficiency, and it reduces the environmental footprint." 

SmartWay Transport Partners 
More than 3,000 shippers and carriers including OnTrac are active SmartWay Transport Partners, and have contributed to lowering CO2 emissions by 51.6 million metric tons. That's the same as the amount of CO2 emitted from burning 276,000 railcars full of coal. 

Companies use reporting tools developed by the EPA to archive their environmental efficiency, and adopt new and SmartWay-approved technologies and practices to save money and the environment. When it comes to Ground shipping, OnTrac and other carriers have added some of these great features to their fleets: 
  • Newer tractors with lower emissions and better fuel economy. Tractor models are 2007 or newer, and their engines are designated to meet U.S. EPA NOx/PM emission requirements. 
  • Low Rolling Resistant (LRR) tires. Rolling resistance is the force a tire needs to keep moving down the road; the lower the resistance, the greater the fuel economy. LRR tires can improve fuel economy by 3% when properly maintained. 
  • Aerodynamics. Tractors and trailers have fairing, or panels, that reduce drag on the fuel tank, cab roof, and below the trailer. Mirrors and bumpers also have aerodynamic designs. 
  • Idling Controls. Tractors have sources of auxiliary power, such as a generator or battery, to operate heating, cooling and electronic equipment. No need to keep the engine running. 

The Fleet of Tomorrow, Today 
Equipment performance guidelines are only a part of what OnTrac and other SmartWay carriers are doing to improve sustainability. Technology continues to play a big role in the supply chain as carriers use things like GPS-enabled trailers and route optimization software to reduce empty and partial miles, making every line haul count. 

Responsible shipping is important,  SmartWay Environment Guidelinesand SmartWay Transport Partners like OnTrac recognize that sustainability impacts more than just the environment. Newer equipment means fast and reliable ground delivery. Greater efficiencies directly impact our ability to offer more affordable ground shipping rates. And affordable shipping rates allow companies to give you the best deal possible. Now that's a win-win-win situation.

Topics: EPA, Earth Day, Ground Shipping, SmartWay Partner