SmartWay Carbon Accounting and Reporting

Many companies monitor their carbon emissions and establish inventories or overall “carbon footprint” to help decision makers identify the best strategies for reducing climate impacts.

Most companies focus on reporting carbon emissions from activities that are under their direct control, (e.g., their manufacturing operations) and from direct energy production or purchases.

While direct emissions may contribute to a large part of a company’s carbon footprint, indirect carbon emissions from sources upstream and downstream in the supply chain often represent a very significant, possibly greater, part of a company’s total footprint.

These indirect emissions consist of a broad range of activities, including freight transportation activities.

Companies often find it difficult to acquire the data needed to report their emissions from freight transportation.

However, SmartWay Partners have direct access to high-quality freight-related carbon data that non-SmartWay Partners don’t.


  • Generates carbon data with scientifically-based methods using EPA emission factors, and provides consistent and comparable metrics for freight emissions across all industry sectors;
  • Encourages shippers to collaborate with their freight carriers and establish shared efficiency goals; and
  • Actively works with several large, global carbon reporting protocol organizations to integrate SmartWay carbon data directly into their guidelines and standards.

To start unlocking the power of SmartWay data for carbon reporting:

Not a SmartWay Partner? Joining SmartWay can help you simplify your carbon reporting with EPA-backed data tracking tools and resources.