How does SmartWay Calculate Carrier Emissions Rates?
- by Christina Hryniuk
SmartWay provides partners access to free resources and tools, while helping track and improve fuel efficiency, which will reduce emissions and operating costs. SmartWay is also committed to recognizing and publicizing the work of its partners. How are emissions measured and calculated?
In collaboration with their partners, SmartWay is asking partners to submit data to the SmartWay tool. The tool calculates a company’s specific emission rates, with accordance to their fleet category.
The six emission categories are:
- Grams/kilometer of carbon dioxide
- Grams/kilometer of nitrous oxide
- Grams/kilometer of particulate matter (2.5 microns)
- Grams/tonne-kilometer of carbon dioxide
- Grams/tonne-kilometer of nitrous oxide
- Grams/tonne-milometer of particulate matter (2.5 microns)
At yearend, shippers can calculate their own freight carbon footprint using the information from the carriers they work with.
The actual emission rates are never made public, however SmartWay uses the data to place companies into performance ranges, which are specific to each fleet category. Each fleet category has characteristics that can affect both fuel consumption and emissions, which makes the study unique.
How do Shippers use the data?
Shipping partners also submit data each year. They can import the information using SmartWay so they to can compare fleets, while evaluating transportation cost’s. Other calculations include, freight emissions and inventory of emission levels across each of the emissions categories.
Track truck carries data here.
For more information on SmartWay go here.
The Manitoba Trucking Association encourages all trucking companies to better educate themselves with the myriad of benefits the SmartWay program provides. SmartWay will be hosting a free webinar on Feb. 26 at 10 a.m.
Greening Freight Programs invites you to join this Webex meeting.