The new generation of advanced diesel technology is key to meeting West Coast states clean air and climate objectives
February 08, 2018 |
Feb. 8, 2018 (WASHINGTON) – This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded Washington funds to upgrade or replace some of the state’s critical equipment with the latest, cleanest diesel technology.
Through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program, the Washington Department of Ecology received nearly $900,000. Washington will use these funds to:
In total, this project will eliminate 2.5 tons of particulate matter, 31.8 tons of nitrogen oxides, 7.2 tons of carbon monoxide, 3.2 tons of hydrocarbons, and 66 tons of carbon dioxide from Washington's air.
“Today, diesel school buses transport more than 50 percent of America’s schoolchildren to and from school. By placing a priority on upgrading school buses using these DERA funds, Washington ensures that its youngest citizens have the best transportation option available," said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. "Upgrading a marine engine is also a smart use of these funds. Recent research confirms that replacing the older, larger engines in marine workboats offers one of the most cost-effective strategies for reducing NOx emissions in ports.”
The DERA program is widely considered one of the most cost-effective federal clean air programs. It provides grants and rebates to incentivize equipment and vehicle owners to install retrofit technologies on existing heavy-duty diesel vehicles and engines, or replace these engines and equipment, reducing emissions by as much as 90 percent.
Over the past 10 years, the EPA estimates approximately $12.6 billion in health benefits have been gained from its $700 million investment in DERA. In total, the program has upgraded nearly 73,000 vehicles or pieces of equipment, saved more than 450 million gallons of fuel, and reduced 14,700 tons of particulate matter (PM) and 335,200 tons of oxides of nitrogen (NOX) across the United States. The program achieves these benefits by requiring significant non-federal matching funds for projects seeking funding.
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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 www.dieselforum.org.