Response to House Select Committee Hearing, “Solving the Climate Crisis: Cleaning Up Heavy Duty Vehicles, Protecting Communities”
July 11, 2019 |
Thanks to Closer-to-Zero Emissions Performance, Continuous Technology Improvement and Utilization of Renewable Fuels, Diesel Engines are a Vital Technology for Today and Tomorrow
July 11, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – With an unmatched combination of efficiency and near-zero emissions performance, and the ability to utilize high-quality advanced renewable fuels, diesel is ensured a place in helping people, cities, communities and entire nations meet the climate and clean air challenges of both today and tomorrow.
This was the message shared by the Diesel Technology Forum at the 22nd Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo and Policy Forum, held today on Capitol Hill by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute. The Diesel Technology Forum is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and the latest generations of advanced diesel technologies, including biodiesel and advanced renewable diesel fuels, in the United States and around the world.
Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Forum, remarked: “Diesel technology stands firmly at the intersection of energy abundance and our clean energy future, delivering vital benefits and progress we demand today, while also continuing to improve to meet the needs of tomorrow, whatever and wherever they may be.”
“When the most energy efficient internal combustion engine (diesel) that is the predominant technology of the goods movement sector is paired with advanced renewable biodiesel fuels, we have an amazing result that is, hands down, one of the most effective and underrated ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector right now; not ten years or more from now,” noted Schaeffer.
“Even though battery electric technologies get most of the headlines, it is diesel engines and biodiesel fuels that deliver the most results in California. Electric cars and trucks in California resulted in only 1.2 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) reductions in 2018 – one third of the emissions reductions delivered by diesel biofuels. In 2018, California’s use of biodiesel and renewable diesel fuels eliminated 4.3 million tons of CO2, exceeding the reductions delivered by ethanol. Since the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program began in 2011, biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel have eliminated more than 18 million tons of CO2, according to the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
“The diesel engines rolling off manufacturing lines today – the cleanest and most advanced in history – offer near-zero emissions performance and the highest fuel efficiency on the market. New diesel technologies virtually eliminate criteria pollutants and fine particulates, contributing to cleaner air wherever they are used. Thirteen states are home to heavy-duty diesel engine manufacturing, supporting $3.4 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 1.25 million U.S. jobs. How clean is clean? It would take 60 of new-generation diesel trucks to equal the emissions from one truck sold in 1988.
“Even further progress for lower emissions is on the horizon, as truck and engine manufacturers are engaged with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and CARB on the Clean Truck Initiative, developing tomorrow’s generation of diesel engines. Beyond that, manufacturers today are also producing trucks that are more fuel-efficient, meeting the U.S. EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requirements for lower greenhouse gas emissions and greater fuel economy.
“We demand much from our engine and transportation technologies today. In addition to simply moving people and goods, we expect vehicles and machines to deliver environmental benefits and clean air progress. Diesel delivers on all counts. No other fuel or technology comes close to the role that diesel plays in the U.S. and global economy. More people and goods can be moved on a single gallon of diesel than with any other power type: diesel-powered trucks, trains, and ships move approximately 90 percent of the nation’s freight tonnage; diesel power provides two-thirds of the energy for machinery on America's farms; and diesel powers most all of the heavy equipment used in construction and mining.
“When paired with advanced renewable biodiesel fuels, new and existing diesel engines deliver immediate greenhouse gas emissions reductions, without any investments in new fueling infrastructure or vehicles. Hybridizing new diesel engines with electric or alternative technologies offers even further fuel and performance possibilities for both public and private fleets.
“As elected officials, industry leaders and other stakeholders debate our future energy and technology paths, we must not take our eye off the importance of continued progress today and technologies like diesel that are delivering steady and proven climate benefits and clean air and economic progress on a wide scale, now. In many sectors, no other fuel or technology is expected to be capable of replacing diesel at meaningful scale for the foreseeable future. When it comes to diesel, there are no ‘mays’ or ‘mights’ or ‘maybes’. There’s only a proven track record, ever-increasing efficiency and a new generation of near-zero emissions technology, and renewable fuels ready to be put to work.”
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About The Diesel Technology Forum
The Diesel Technology Forum is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. For more information visit https://www.dieselforum.org/.
Manager, Media Relations