FAQs for Employees
Transport Partnership                      of SmartWay Shipper Partners
What is the SmartWay Transport Partnership?

The SmartWay Transport Partnership is an innovative collaboration between the US Environmental
Protection Agency and the freight industry designed to implement creative approaches to reducing
the environmental and energy impact of transport. The Partnership currently focuses on freight trans-
port and helps companies reduce their transportation supply chain carbon footprint.

What are the goals of the SmartWay Transport  Partnership program?

The goals of the SmartWay Transport Partnership are to increase the use of cleaner, more efficient
technologies and operational strategies that reduce the environmental impacts of goods movement
while helping companies save fuel and money.  Using cleaner, more  efficient technologies and strat-
egies can reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (C02), a greenhouse gas; oxides of nitrogen (NOx),
which is linked to adverse respiratory effects; and particulate matter (PM), a pollutant that can affect
lung and heart functioning.

What does it mean for our company to  be a SmartWay Transport

SmartWay Transport partners commit to reduce emissions and fuel use through more sustainable
business practices. SmartWay partners like your employer commit to ship 50 percent or more of their
goods using SmartWay Transport Carriers (freight carriers that commit to reduce their emissions).
SmartWay shipper partners also agree to implement supply chain efficiencies that can  include using
less packaging, finding ways to reduce routing miles, fitting more freight into a rail car or truck trailer,
reducing truck idling at loading docks, encouraging their freight carriers to adopt fuel-saving practices
and equipment, and adopting other operational efficiency improvements.

Why does our company care about their supply  chain?

Your company's supply chain includes all the materials and goods that it ships,  receives or otherwise
moves via barge, rail, truck, ocean vessel, coastal ship, pipeline, or other mode of freight transport.
The supply chains of companies throughout the world comprise  a vast and complex goods move-
ment network,  handling nearly everything that is manufactured, produced, distributed, bought or
sold. Corporate America's supply chains move goods across our country and through  our ports and
borders. Your employer is working to improve the emissions performance and energy efficiency of its
freight transportation supply chain, to create a more healthy and sustainable environment.
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What is our carbon footprint and how will being part of SmartWay help
us reduce this footprint?

Carbon dioxide is emitted by combusting carbon-containing fuels. This can include fossil fuels like
coal used to generate electricity, natural gas used to heat buildings, propane  used in equipment, and
diesel and gasoline used to power vehicles and equipment. A carbon footprint can include carbon
dioxide emissions from all these sources - electricity use, buildings, transportation, and other activi-
ties and operations. As a SmartWay partner, your employer has committed to implement strategies
that will lower its greenhouse gas emissions, i.e., lower its carbon footprint - from its freight transport
Why is this good for business and the environment?

Any company looking to assess their supply chain and make it more sustainable will need to under-
stand and define the environmental and business impacts of its supply chain. Reducing the carbon
intensity of a company's supply chain will reduce environmental impacts and more than likely will
save fuel, which reduces costs and improves profitability. Reducing the  carbon intensity of goods
movement provides environmental benefits and improves our nation's energy security.

Since  reducing carbon is so  important, what can I do to reduce my own
transportation carbon footprint?

Choose  a Cleaner, More Fuel-efficient Vehicle. A vehicle with better gas mileage can travel further
on a single tank of fuel. That means less pollution and less carbon dioxide are added to the atmo-
sphere. To help you select a cleaner  and more fuel efficient vehicle, visit the Green Vehicle Guide at:
www.epa.aov/greenvehicles. Look for the EPA "SmartWay" and "SmartWay Elite" leaf logos, which
designate passenger vehicles earning the highest environmental marks.

Drive Fewer Miles.  Transportation contributes almost one-third of the country's carbon dioxide
emissions, and is a significant source of NOx, PM,  and other pollutants. The most effective way to
reduce greenhouse gas and other emissions from passenger transportation is to drive fewer miles.
Whenever possible, cut trips by combining multiple trips into a single, well-routed trip, take public
transportation, rideshare, ride a bicycle, or walk.

Maintain Your Vehicle Properly. Your  vehicle is designed to perform best when properly maintained.
A poorly maintained vehicle can pollute more than one that is well maintained.  Keeping your tires
properly inflated is very important. It  improves fuel economy, helps to maintain  tire safety and han-
dling performance, and helps tires last longer.

Refuel Wisely. When the weather is warm, try to refuel early in the morning or late in the evening.
This will reduce the release of smog-forming gas emissions during the heat of the day when smog
forms easiest. Don't overfill the tank; spilled fuel wastes money and creates pollution.

Where can I go to get more information?

Visit www.epa.gov/smartway
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