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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 2017 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Award!




NCTCOG is one of nine organizations nationwide to be named an EPA 2017 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 seven times, and has consecutively been honored since 2012.


“EPA commends the SmartWay Affiliate Challenge honorees for their extraordinary level of commitment and enthusiasm in supporting more efficient and sustainable business practices in moving goods,” said Christopher Grundler, Director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “These organizations represent diverse industry sectors and stakeholders who are showing that American prosperity and protecting the environment can go hand in hand.”


You can read our Press Release here.

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


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) 704-5678 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


Did you know...


Facts about Small Business and Freight:

  • Small businesses have generated 64% of new jobs since 1995
  • Small businesses generate about half of US GDP
  • Small businesses provide services, products, and components needed by large companies
  • Small businesses can serve market niches not served by mass production industries


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