The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a SmartWay Transport Partnership program that “helps companies and organizations achieve their freight supply chain sustainability goals by providing credible tools, data, and standards—at no cost—for measuring, benchmarking, and improving environmental performance.”
Any company or organization that ships, manages, or hauls freight can become a SmartWay Partner. There are three types of SmartWay Partners:
- Logistics Companies
In researching the program, I do not see immediate monetary benefit of a shipper becoming a SmartWay Shipper Partner, but as a servicer to shippers, you should be aware that one of the benefits is that the EPA “helps companies identify and select more efficient freight carriers, transport modes, equipment, and operational strategies to improve supply chain sustainability and lower costs from goods movement” with a side note of “EPA may not endorse the products or services of commercial companies…”.
Currently, there are 3 barge companies listed as SmartWay Partners, 18 rail companies and 279 shipper companies registered.
I contacted regions 5 and 7 as well as headquarters of the EPA to find out if there are any resources to connect shippers with carriers and logistics companies and they currently do not offer a directory or facilitate discussions but I am going to continue to look into that.
Further, the EPA currently has a Ports Initiative as well. EPA’s Ports Initiative works in collaboration with the port industry, communities, and all levels of government to improve environmental performance and increase economic prosperity. The EPA Ports website (https://www.epa.gov/ports-initiative ) includes topics such as:
- Technical Resources for Ports
- Best Practices
- Resources for Collaboration
- Funding Sources
Funding opportunities (outside of FAST and TIGER) through the ports initiative include:
- Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), which if you look at port projects that were funded in years past under this program, awards (at ports) have been primarily used for drayage truck replacement.
They also promote the U.S. Committee on the Maritime Transportation System (CMTS), which has developed the second edition of the Federal Funding Handbook for Marine Transportation System Infrastructure. The resource includes funding categories for:
- Economic Development
- Environmental /Maritime
- Freight Planning
- Roadway & Railway Corridors, Port Development
- Roadway Development