As an extension of EPA's commitment to establish transportation-based sustainability programs abroad, SmartWay is now participating with the CAI-Asia Center on a World Bank funded pilot project in Guangzhou, China. SmartWay staff will provide technical advice and expertise on the project, in conjunction with Cascade Sierra Solutions, an active SmartWay affiliate.
The aim of the project is to retrofit a representative sampling of trucks from three local carrier fleets operating in the Guangdong Province, of which Guangzhou is the capital city. Guangdong is located in south China, and in recent years has become one of the country's most prosperous provinces, and a center of manufacturing and trade.
The trucks will be equipped with SmartWay-verified technologies, including advanced aerodynamics and improved tire systems.
Training for the fleet operators to learn fuel-saving driving techniques also will be provided as part of the pilot project. A report on the fuel savings and emissions reduction capabilities of the applied technologies and driver strategies will be available at the end of the year.
Based on the success of the CAI-Asia Center initiative, the retrofit technologies may be used as the basis for developing a Green Truck program. CAI-Asia Center would like to demonstrate the effectiveness of its approach in advance of the Asian Games (a multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia, that are widely attended), scheduled to be held in Guangzhou in November 2010.
EPA is working to identify shippers to participate in the project and will encourage shippers to select these greener, more fuel-efficient carriers, providing the market incentive needed for continuous improvement, comparable to what EPA has accomplished through SmartWay in the US. EPA also is exploring the possibility of hosting a SmartWay workshop in or near Guangzhou so that other provinces and countries in region can learn more about how to implement SmartWay-sister programs.
SmartWay shippers with operations in China are encouraged to contact us with any thoughts or ideas on how EPA can help you to green your supply chain in China. We welcome your support and participation.
For more information, please contact Buddy Polovick at the US EPA (734) 214-4928 or Sophie Punte at the CAI-Asia Center (632) 395-2843.