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November 07, 2018   |

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#NLCLA: How Can Your City Deliver Essential City Services and Sustainability Without Sacrificing Budget?


November 7, 2018 (LOS ANGELES) – Join us tomorrow at the National League of Cities City Summit (#NLCLA) in Los Angeles, Calif., to learn how your city could gain substantial emissions performance improvements, greenhouse gas reductions and cost savings by using the latest-generation diesel powertrains combined with renewable diesel fuel.

The newest generation of diesel technology, particularly when matched with renewable diesel fuel, delivers near-zero emissions performance along with the greenhouse gas reduction benefits of advanced biofuels. Communities benefit without the need for investment in expensive new vehicles, engines, or refueling and recharging infrastructure buildout. For example: the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency uses renewable diesel fuel in 632 transit buses, reducing emissions by more than 10,000 tons in a single year.

On Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 at 11 a.m. PST, the Diesel Technology Forum will host a panel discussion featuring case studies from cities already reaping the benefits of this combination, as well as hear from companies working to ensure this technology is the best option for your city. Case studies will be presented by: 

     • Joey Williams, Interim Fleet Manager, Bureau of Maintenance and Internal Services, City of Oakland, Calif. 
     • Matt Leuck, Renewable Diesel Technical Manager, Neste US 
     • Todd Kisslan, Sales & Service, Cummins Inc. 

“According to the latest global studies, reducing greenhouse gas and other emissions from the transportation sector is a key challenge facing cities both large and small,” said Ezra Finkin, director of policy and external outreach for the Diesel Technology Forum, and moderator of the City Summit panel. “Meeting this challenge must happen in a reasonable, measured way – one that doesn’t put undue strain on city resources and sacrifice essential city services. Upgrading a city or county’s oldest and most-used vehicles and equipment to the newest-generation of diesel technology is the fastest, most cost-effective way for cities to reduce emissions and meet climate goals.” 

Finkin continued: “In many places across the country, these diesel-powered public transit vehicles, city- or county-owned fleets of heavy-duty trucks, and other large equipment such as ferry boats, tugboats and switch locomotives have been in service for years, if not decades. While a testament to the durability of the diesel engine, many of these older engines do not incorporate the latest, most effective, near-zero emissions control technologies. Replacing older generations of equipment with the latest generation Tier 4 clean diesel models reduces emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and fine particles by more than 90 percent, and is often the cheapest option. These benefits become even more striking with new renewable diesel and biodiesel fuel options – drop-in replacements for conventional fossil-based diesel. These clean advanced biofuels mean that the newest diesel technologies can cut greenhouse gasses and other emissions even further.” 

The Diesel Technology Forum is a 501(c)6 organization based in Frederick, Md., with a mission to educate on the uses and benefits of diesel technologies and fuels. The Forum maintains an active presence in California. Visit https://www.dieselforum.org/cities to learn more. 

All event speakers are available for interviews. Contact Sarah Dirndorfer to schedule: sdirndorfer@dieselforum.org 

We’d love to meet you! Swing by the Diesel Technology Forum’s City Summit exhibit for a chat: 
Booth #221 in the Exhibit Hall, Los Angeles Convention Center, 
Thursday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Friday, Nov. 9 from 10:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 

EVENT DETAILS 

What: “Delivering Essential City Services and Sustainability without Sacrificing Budget” 

When: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018; 11 a.m. PST Where: National League of Cities City Summit Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015) Room 502A (West Exhibit Hall, Level Two) 

Who: 
     • Joey Williams, Interim Fleet Manager, Bureau of Maintenance and Internal Services, City of Oakland, California 
     • Matt Leuck, Renewable Diesel Technical Manager, Neste US 
     • Todd Kisslan, Sales & Service, Cummins Inc. 
     • Ezra Finkin, Director of Policy and External Relations, Diesel Technology Forum (moderator) 

Why: How do cities balance budget constraints with efforts to be as green as possible? These present conflicting pressures, especially for municipalities and transit districts. A growing list of cities and counties in California have found a solution. 

The newest generation of diesel technology, when matched with renewable diesel fuel, delivers near-zero emissions performance along with greenhouse gas reduction benefits of advanced biofuels. Communities benefit without the need for investment in expensive new vehicles, engines, or refueling and recharging infrastructure buildout. 

Cities such as Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, and many others now exclusively use renewable diesel fuel in city-owned heavy-duty trucks, buses and equipment, reaping the benefits of cost savings and emission reductions. For example: the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency uses renewable diesel fuel in 632 transit buses, reducing emissions by more than 10,000 tons in a single year. 

Join us to learn about the benefits to be gained by combining the latest-generation diesel powertrains with renewable diesel fuel to boost your city’s sustainability credentials without sacrificing essential city services. 

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About The Diesel Technology Forum

The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-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 http://www.dieselforum.org.

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Sarah Dirndorfer
Manager, Media Relations
sdirndorfer@dieselforum.org
(301) 668-7230

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