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June 05, 2013   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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The California Institute for Federal Policy Research Invites You to Attend a Congressional & Media Lunch Briefing on “The Importance of Diesel Fuel, Engines and Vehicles To the California Economy and its Clean Air Goals”

Friday, June 7, 2013, Noon – 1:30 PM

B-354 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

Lunch will be served

Washington, D.C. - The California Institute for Federal Policy Research invites you to attend a Congressional staff and media lunch briefing featuring presentations on the importance of diesel to the state of California and its role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other criteria pollutants.

This briefing will provide you with valuable information about new technology diesel engines, clean diesel fuel, their deployment throughout California, and how the fuels and engine technology achieve impressive emissions reductions. You will also be provided information about emerging diesel technologies that take near-zero emissions closer to zero. To attend, RSVP to sullivan@calinst.org or (202) 785-5456.

Briefing Speakers

- Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, will discuss the role of diesel fuel, engines, vehicles and equipment in moving the commerce and people of California. If it’s big trucks and small cars in South Coast, agricultural equipment in the central valley, mass transit buses in the Bay area, or emergency backup equipment deployed throughout the state to respond to natural disasters, diesel is involved in almost every application. Clearly, without diesel California could not move.

- Jeff Marley with Volvo will discuss this technology deployed on on-and off-road diesel trucks and equipment and new advances just coming to the market. Impressive technological advances have been made in the past several years to virtually eliminate emissions from new technology diesel engines. In many instances, the air coming out of a new diesel engine is cleaner than the ambient air. While diesel engines are burning cleaner, the fuel is much cleaner too.

- Doug Skorupski with Volkswagen Group of America and Nando Gomez with Honeywell International will discuss the growing consumer interest in light duty diesel cars and trucks and their important contribution to California’s greenhouse gas reduction goal. Even light duty diesel cars and trucks are growing in popularity in California and across the country. California ranks number one in the U.S. for having the most diesel cars and SUVs of all 50 states (84,106), and is America’s fastest growing state for new diesel car and SUV registrations (+55 percent).

- Don Scott with the National Biodiesel Board will outline advances in biodiesel fuel. Bio-based diesel fuel is an important backbone to the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and more and more of the fuel is in use. Together, cleaner fuels and new technology engines are helping the state achieve its greenhouse gas emission reduction target outlined in AB 32.

*For assessing compliance with Congressional gift ban rules, note that the California Institute is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization that employs no lobbyists. We anticipate this will be a widely attended event.

About the California Institute for Federal Policy Research

The California Institute is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, conceived by the state's bipartisan elected leaders, but sustained with the advice and support of the business, labor, and academic communities. The Institute's mission is to identify issues critical to the economic health of California, to coordinate the development of research data pertaining to these issues, and to communicate this policy research information to the California Congressional delegation in a manner which ensures their ability to address these issues in a bipartisan fashion consistent with the best interests of California.


The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit national 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 www.dieselforum.org.

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