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February 05, 2019   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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Fighting Climate Change Takes Something Big

The opportunity to do big things is here and ready to go. All we have to do is get these clean diesel technologies off dealer lots and factory shelves and out working for the U.S. while eliminating greenhouse gas emissions.


For those Capitol Hill watchers, this week is climate week. Several House committees will be holding hearings on needed climate change policy while advocacy groups are headed to the Hill to demand action on climate policy. It will take big things to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a big way... like big trucks, trains and boats. Upgrading these vehicles and engines to the latest clean diesel technology available today can have an enormous immediate reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The next time you drive by a commercial truck dealership, take notice of all the greenhouse gas reducing technology sitting on the lot. When a trucker scraps an old Class 8 tractor for a new clean diesel model, 9.75 tons of C02 is eliminated. When an older Class 5 box truck is replaced with a new clean diesel model sitting on a dealer lot, 1.6 tons of C02 is eliminated. These are benefits that accrue from fuel savings technologies incorporated into clean diesel-powered commercial vehicles. All that needs to happen is to get these vehicles off dealer lots and into service delivering for the U.S. economy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

According to U.S. EPA, the greenhouse gas reduction benefits of the first ever fuel economy rule for commercial vehicles will reduce emissions by 270 million tons of C02 between 2014 and 2018. Many of these technologies are designed to make the fuel sipping diesel engines sip even less fuel. And the benefits are substantial. If the average car on the road today emits 4.6 tons of C02, that works out to removing over 58 million cars! 

Even bigger things are getting cleaner and more fuel efficient. One rail operator in the Pacific Northwest repowered a locomotive with a new clean diesel engine and realized 19,000 gallons of fuel savings instantly. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, this works out to the fuel consumed by about 50 cars each year. Another tug operator in the Puget Sound replaced older diesel engines with new clean diesel models and realized 1,000 tons of C02 reduced. That works out to removing 217 cars from the road by replacing the engines in just one vessel.

The opportunity to do big things is here and ready to go. All we have to do is get these clean diesel technologies off dealer lots and factory shelves and out working for the U.S. while eliminating greenhouse gas emissions.

 

 

 



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