The United States Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay Transport Partnership program and EPA Region 5's Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative have launched their “Idle Free Quiet Zone Campaign.”
This campaign is designed to promote emission reductions by reducing truck idling and to save energy wasted during idling. EPA was joined at the kick-off event in Detroit MI by representatives of Natural Resource Canada's ECOenergy for Fleets program, which originally developed the FleetSmart “Idle Free Quiet Zone Campaign” and launched it in Canada in 2001.
Representatives of the two programs signed a memorandum of understanding two years ago to promote reductions in truck idling, which is a significant problem at truckstops in both nations. EPA will also recognize a few of its SmartWay partners from both countries.