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SmartWay® is a voluntary, public-private program by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that helps the freight industry reduce fleet emissions, improve fuel economy, and increase energy efficiency. The SmartWay program includes four major elements: SmartWay Transport Partnership, SmartWay Technology Program, SmartWay Vehicles, and SmartWay International Interests.


The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) joined the SmartWay Transport Program as an Affiliate in October 2006. In this role, NCTCOG promotes SmartWay initiatives within the region by providing educational outreach to potential partners and affected industries.


NCTCOG encourages local freight fleets to join the program and improve environmental performance while enjoying the many benefits partners and companies receive.


NCTCOG Receives 2016 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Award!
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NCTCOG is one of 7 organizations nationwide to be named an EPA 2016 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Award Honoree. The SmartWay Affiliate Challenge is a national challenge developed by EPA to acknowledge organizations that participate in SmartWay and do an exceptional job supporting the partnership’s freight sustainability goals. NCTCOG has received this award six times, and has consecutively been honored since 2012.


“EPA commends the Affiliate Challenge honorees for their extraordinary level of commitment, enthusiasm, and creativity in supporting EPA’s SmartWay program, and sustainable transportation,” said Christopher Grundler, Director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “The work in this arena helps to advance the environmental sustainability of commercial transportation and logistics bringing us all closer to achieving the shared goals of efficient goods movement and clean air.”

Saving Money and Reducing Truck Emissions (SMARTE) Program

NCTCOG received funding from EPA to conduct comprehensive outreach, education, and financial assistance to the trucking industry regarding programs, technologies, and operational practices which reduce emissions and increase efficiency of freight operations.  A major focus of this effort will be promotion of EPA-verified SmartWay technologies

SMARTE Home: Saving Money and Reducing Truck Emissions (SMARTE) Program

Webinar: Realizing the Benefits of SmartWay Partnership

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) co-hosted a webinar with the EPA and ABJ Express to describe SmartWay Partnership benefits and highlight local Dallas-Fort Worth fleet ABJ Express' positive experience as a SmartWay Partner.

Webinar Presentation: Realizing the Benefits of SmartWay Participation


SmartWay Passenger Vehicles Outreach

Through the AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program, NCTCOG is educating participating dealerships and applicants about passenger vehicles which have earned the SmartWay designation from the EPA.

SmartWay Upgrade Kit Demonstration Project

The NCTCOG conducted an in-use demonstration project to evaluate the impact of SmartWay technologies in increasing fuel economy and reducing emissions among Class 8 heavy-duty trucks. 


Overall, the results of the demonstration project support the finding that the use of SmartWay technologies, particularly when used as a kit, is an effective tool for improving fuel economy and reducing emissions among Class 8 heavy-duty trucks.


Final Report: Study and Analysis of Fuel Consumption and Emissions Reductions for Heavy-Duty Diesel Trucks

Reusable Packaging Workshop

The NCTCOG, in partnership with Use Reusables, co-hosted a workshop to cover the operational advantages of reusable transport packaging within a supply chain.

Webinar Presentation: Reusable Transport Packaging Workshop.
August 6, 2013

For more information or comments regarding SmartWay activities at
NCTCOG, please contact staff at (817) 704-2154 or



SmartWay Links

EPA SmartWay Program

Saving Money and Reducing Truck Emissions (SMARTE) Program
NCTCOG SmartWay Fact Sheet
EPA Certified Passenger Vehicles
EPA Verified Technologies
EPA SmartWay Driver

Sign up for SmartWay Email Updates

Become a SmartWay Partner

Learn more about NCTCOG's work related to freight in
North Central Texas

Freight North Texas


8/17/2016   JB/AP/MG

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