Freight trucking is a key segment of the transportation industry. But how is it working to reduce its environmental impact?
The condition of our environment and the factors affecting it are a major concern in the international community, especially within the transportation industry. Most people assume that freight trucking and traffic congestion generate an excess of pollution, but are necessary to the nation’s economy and our way of life. While no one will refute that trucking generates pollution, freight companies like RCX Solutions are complying with changing industry initiatives to decrease the impact of freight trucking on the environment.
The EPA’s SmartWay Program
RCX Solutions prides itself on being a SmartWay Transport Partner. This program was launched in 2004 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a means of helping businesses in the freight transportation sector better their supply chain efficiency. The EPA uses the program as a platform to help trucking companies, logistics companies, retailers, rail carriers, commercial manufacturers, and various government agencies reduce their carbon footprints. As a participant in the program, RCX Solutions has reduced its transportation-related emissions to encourage cleaner air practices.
The goal is to halt or slow the pace of climate change, increase worldwide energy security, and decrease the environmental risk for those who conduct business in the industry. In its first ten years, the SmartWay program has significantly reduced air pollution and greenhouse gases while improving the efficient movement of goods in our nation’s supply chain.
Ways to Reduce Fuel Consumption
Trucking companies have also invested in improving fuel efficiency to increase profits and streamline processes. While we all want to reduce the stress that we place on the environment, conserving fuel also helps the bottom line for shippers and shipping companies.
While fuel costs have decreased in the past year, they have trended upwards over the past couple of decades, making it an increasingly expensive cost of doing business. Adding to the pressure to improve freight trucking fuel economy is the fact that the U.S. Government has been imposing tighter and tighter fuel efficiency requirements. These laws force freight trucking companies with enormous heavy duty machines to achieve a minimum of 20% better mileage to reduce carbon emissions. This means more freight must be shipped in less shipments, which places a premium on each shipment and the truck used to transport it.
How the Freight Trucking Industry is Becoming More Green
The EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have endorsed this push for fuel efficiency and the use of greenhouse gas for over two decades. In the years since, the trucking industry has saved over 120 million barrels of oil. The result is a significant decrease in the impact of freight trucking on the environment.
Government pressure has also forced freight trucking companies to reduce their pollutant emissions per mile and per ton mile. There are also 8 hour ozone and fine particulate (PM -2.5) standards that have been put in place to reduce the release of carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions. Through these standards, emissions are generally declining across the board, especially compared to other modes of freight transportation.
RCX Solutions is Your Transportation Solution
To learn more about current efficiency practices in the transportation industry, contact SmartWay Transport Partner RCX Solutions for more information about our trucking solutions and their impact on the environment at 866-336-9697. We handle truckload and LTL service, small package delivery, rail freight, air freight and international shipping to find the best solution for your unique transportation challenges.