We have made significant improvements in reducing diesel emissions over the past decade. This idle reduction campaign will be another important step in this national effort.
Washington, D.C. (Vocus) July 13, 2010
Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, issued the following statement at this morning’s press conference in support of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s (MWCOG) new campaign to decrease diesel idle emissions in the Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore region.
The Diesel Technology Forum is a sponsor of the MWCOG’s 2010 Diesel Idle Reduction Campaign.
“As the national leader in advocating for clean diesel technology, the Diesel Technology Forum is proud to be one of the original supporters of the 2010 Idle Reduction Campaign.
“Reducing discretionary diesel engine idling is a simple yet very effective means of reducing emissions and helping the region improve its air quality and meet its clean air goals. Simply put, the best way to reduce emissions is to turn an engine off.
“The Diesel Technology Forum intends to work both regionally and nationally to increase idle reduction awareness and promote the goals of this important campaign to enhance clean air and the environment. As a member of the EPA’s SmartWay transportation program, we have been participants in the national anti-idling effort for several years.
In The Past 10 Years, New Technologies Have Reduced Diesel Emissions By 98 Percent
“In just the past 10 years, new clean diesel fuel and engine technologies have reduced emissions of fine particles and nitrogen oxide diesel emissions by 98 percent, which is a monumental accomplishment. In addition to these emissions benefits, today’s engines no longer need the same idling time that was required years ago to get warmed up. It would take 60 of today’s trucks to equal the emissions from a single truck built just 10 years ago. New technologies and cleaner fuel have made clean diesel a reality.
“In addition, we are continuing our cooperative work with the EPA, environmental and health organizations, industry officials and local governments to promote the use of retrofit technologies on older diesel equipment to reduce emissions in a similar manner.
“We have made significant improvements in reducing diesel emissions over the past decade. This idle reduction campaign will be another important step in this national effort.”
The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting clean diesel technologies. Forum members include engine and vehicle manufacturers, diesel fuel refiners, and manufacturers of emissions control devices. For more information about the Forum, visit our web site at http://www.dieselforum.org.
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