WASHINGTON (December 8, 2021) – In preparation for President Biden’s afternoon visit to Kansas City, the Diesel Technology Forum offers the following insights:
“Manufacturers of diesel engines, fuels and equipment are committed to and today are delivering products that are lower in greenhouse gas and other emissions, contributing to tackling the climate challenge,” says Diesel Technology Forum Executive Director Allen Schaeffer.
“Today’s generation of advanced diesel technology is 98 percent lower in emissions than previous generations. Coupled with advancements in efficiency and the ability to utilized low-carbon renewable biodiesel fuels, diesel engines are delivering substantial carbon reductions today."
Schaeffer says, “Even as new fuels and technologies emerge, we think it is important to fully understand the emissions and other impacts from alternatives and to value carbon reductions in whatever form they come in. Solving climate change will not have one single solution that is perfect but many solutions that are very good, and some like advanced generation diesel are available and affordable now."
Transit Buses: Diesel is the primary power source for over 90 percent of the nation’s transit bus fleet because of its energy efficiency, reliability, durability and performance, as well as overall economical ownership and operation.
Missouri ranks 7th nationwide for the number of new generation advanced diesel buses on the road today (55% statewide are near-zero emissions diesel). Transit buses manufactured beginning in 2010 must meet the latest US EPA emissions standards for near-zero emissions of particulate matter and NOx. Today's advanced engines and effective emissions controls, and ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel combine to achieve near zero emissions. Source: Missouri | Diesel Technology Forum (dieselforum.org).
The President’s policy, which has a strong focus on electrification, should recognize the decarbonization potential from all fuels and strategies, particularly advanced renewable biobased diesel fuels.
Missouri has 10 facilities that produce biodiesel, including the third-largest biodiesel production capacity in the US, which produced 253 million gallons of biodiesel last year, with 29 million gallons of biodiesel consumed last year in the state in everything from commercial trucks to transit buses. Using biodiesel and blends of advanced renewable biofuels is happening today in all kinds of existing diesel engines, vehicles, and equipment without the need for new infrastructure or vehicles. Depending on feedstocks, advanced renewable biofuels can have up to 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions over petroleum-based fuels.
With regard to electrification of transit buses and other vehicles, it is important to understand all aspects of the fuel sources. According to the Energy Information Administration, Missouri’s primary source for electricity is coal, followed by natural gas. Source: Missouri - State Energy Profile Overview - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
“Infrastructure investments - in new airport terminals and bridges, water systems, roads and bridges and alternative energy systems are welcome and building those envisioned by the President today will rely heavily on the newest generation of advanced diesel technology construction machines and equipment, and this technology and those who operate it is ready to go to work today.”
Virtual interviews with Schaeffer are available upon request.
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