The freight transportation industry makes the world go round, but it is also taxing on the environment.
Fuel consumption is a major concern for companies that employ big rigs to ship freight, not only for its cost, but also for its environmental impact. The United States’ fleet of long-haul trucks uses over a billion gallons of diesel fuel per year. In 2004, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched SmartWay to reduce the impact of transportation-related (with a focus on freight transportation) emissions by seeking to improve fuel efficiency.
SmartWay Technology Program
This program is designed to evaluate existing and emerging technologies and equipment that can potentially reduce greenhouse gasses and other air pollutants emitted during freight transportation. The EPA identified and promotes four categories of technology that have been shown to capably reduce emissions or improve fuel efficiency:
Idle Reduction Technologies – Though idling may be more environmentally friendly than accelerating, periods of Read more…