Welcome!

News Feed Item

Clean Diesel Cars, Trucks Key to District of Columbia Sustainability Initiative

Fuel savings and emissions reductions benefits highlighted

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The essential role and the fuel-savings and emissions benefits of new clean diesel technology were highlighted today by the Diesel Technology Forum in a statement before the District of Columbia (DC) City Council on the Omnibus DC Sustainability Act.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120201/MM46474LOGO)

"Diesel technology plays a vital role in the District of Columbia.  It powers vehicles that provide key government services such as solid waste, public transportation and snow removal.  It is also the primary workhorse technology powering the trucks and vans of hundreds of small service and delivery business serving the District, and over 3,500 DC residents have made diesel their personal transportation choice for their cars, trucks or SUVs,"  said Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, a Maryland-based national non-profit educational group. 

The Omnibus Sustainability Act proposed legislation includes a provision that as currently written, requires that "…no vehicle shall be registered in DC that operates exclusively on the combustion of petroleum diesel fuel beginning January 1, 2018." 

"Clean diesel technology must be a key component of the District's sustainability initiative because of its superior energy efficiency, near-zero emissions, and ability to use renewable fuels.  We don't believe that the intent of this legislation is to prevent the use of diesel engines, but rather to seek some new approaches to reducing emissions and we look forward to working with District leaders toward that end," said Schaeffer.

Clean Diesel is Reducing Emissions and Saving Fuel in the District of Columbia Today

The use of diesel technology in the District is already delivering significant clean air and fuel saving benefits.  Since 2007 all diesel fuel sold in the District (and nationwide) for highway vehicles has been ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel which reduces particulate emissions from all diesel vehicles, with most significant emissions benefits from 2007 and newer model year vehicles.  The current EPA standards for all new diesel engines in cars, trucks, SUVs and commercial vehicles as well as even most off-road engines and machines now require near zero levels of emissions for particulate matter (PM), or soot, and oxides of nitrogen (NOx), a smog forming compound. 

"These proven clean diesel technologies are on the road today.  Here in the District, at the end of 2012, just over 19% of all registered Class 3-8 heavy-duty trucks are clean diesel (2007 or newer model years).  Nationwide, roughly one-in-three heavy-duty trucks is a new-generation clean diesel vehicle that is model year 2007 and newer," said Schaeffer. 

In the District, heavy-duty diesel vehicles can be found performing vital city functions such as refuse collection and powering fire and rescue vehicles, and moving freight including long-haul and short-haul delivery trucks.  Nationwide these new clean diesel trucks reduced soot by 27,000 tons and NOx by almost 1 million tons, according to our 2012 research.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) operates hundreds of clean diesel buses and new clean diesel-electric hybrid buses which together make up the largest share of engine technologies providing public transportation for District residents, according to the American Public Transportation Association.

Clean Diesel Cars Set to Take the Lead in Alternative Fueled Vehicles 

Clean diesel is an increasingly popular choice for cars, SUVs and pickup trucks.  According to the Fuels Institute, diesel cars and pickups will make up anywhere from 7% to 17% of the light-duty market by 2023, making diesel the number one alternative fuel powertrain beating electric plug-ins, hydrogen fuel cell and natural gas powered vehicles. Light-duty diesel cars and trucks typically achieve a 20%-40% improvement in fuel economy and a 10% to 20% reduction in emissions relative to comparable gasoline powered vehicles, while delivering superior driving performance and higher resale values. 

"Nationwide, we estimate that the anticipated growth in diesel cars and trucks will save about 7 million tons of carbon emissions, which comes on top of the 7 million tons of carbon emissions reduced from the existing fleet of diesels on the road since 2005," noted Schaeffer.

"According to the latest registration data, today nearly 14,000 DC residents have chosen diesel as their personal transportation choice to power their cars, trucks and SUVs.  Assuming that the District follows national market trends, we expect that by 2020 there could be more than 140,000 diesel vehicles registered in DC (10% of the market)," noted Schaeffer. 

High-Quality Renewable Biodiesel Fuels Used in Accordance with Manufacturer Recommendations Enhances the Benefits of Diesel Technology

"Use of blends of high-quality renewable fuels such as biodiesel is a hallmark of diesel technology and is suitable in both new and existing engines, based on manufacturer recommendations.  All light and most heavy-duty truck engine manufacturers approve engines to operate on certain blends of biodiesel.  The EPA designates biodiesel as an advanced biodiesel capable of reducing carbon emissions by at least 50%.  We estimate that nationwide, by 2020, the growth in just the light-duty diesel fleet, operating on a 5% blend of biodiesel will eliminate an additional 150,000 tons of carbon emissions," said Schaeffer. 

ABOUT THE DIESEL TECHNOLOGY FORUM

The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit national organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology, and working with policymakers and other stakeholders on common solutions.  Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology.  For more information visit www.dieselforum.org.

Contact: Allen Schaeffer
Executive Director
(301) 668-7230 o
(301) 514-9046 m
[email protected]

SOURCE Diesel Technology Forum

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
@ThingsExpo has been named the ‘Top WebRTC Influencer' by iTrend. iTrend processes millions of conversations, tweets, interactions, news articles, press releases, blog posts - and extract meaning form them and analyzes mobile and desktop software platforms used to communicate, various metadata (such as geo location), and automation tools. In overall placement, @ThingsExpo ranked as the number one ‘WebRTC Influencer' followed by @DevOpsSummit at 55th.
In 2014, Amazon announced a new form of compute called Lambda. We didn't know it at the time, but this represented a fundamental shift in what we expect from cloud computing. Now, all of the major cloud computing vendors want to take part in this disruptive technology. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, John Jelinek IV, a web developer at Linux Academy, will discuss why major players like AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix, and Google Cloud Platform are all trying to sidestep VMs and containers...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Enzu will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Enzu’s mission is to be the leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions worldwide. Enzu enables online businesses to use its IT infrastructure to their competitive ad...
Providing the needed data for application development and testing is a huge headache for most organizations. The problems are often the same across companies - speed, quality, cost, and control. Provisioning data can take days or weeks, every time a refresh is required. Using dummy data leads to quality problems. Creating physical copies of large data sets and sending them to distributed teams of developers eats up expensive storage and bandwidth resources. And, all of these copies proliferating...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev, a client-oriented software development company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MobiDev is a software company that develops and delivers turn-key mobile apps, websites, web services, and complex softw...
The speed of software changes in growing and large scale rapid-paced DevOps environments presents a challenge for continuous testing. Many organizations struggle to get this right. Practices that work for small scale continuous testing may not be sufficient as the requirements grow. In his session at DevOps Summit, Marc Hornbeek, Sr. Solutions Architect of DevOps continuous test solutions at Spirent Communications, explained the best practices of continuous testing at high scale, which is rele...
DevOps tends to focus on the relationship between Dev and Ops, putting an emphasis on the ops and application infrastructure. But that’s changing with microservices architectures. In her session at DevOps Summit, Lori MacVittie, Evangelist for F5 Networks, will focus on how microservices are changing the underlying architectures needed to scale, secure and deliver applications based on highly distributed (micro) services and why that means an expansion into “the network” for DevOps.
In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Claude Remillard, Principal Program Manager in Developer Division at Microsoft, contrasted how his team used config as code and immutable patterns for continuous delivery of microservices and apps to the cloud. He showed how the immutable patterns helps developers do away with most of the complexity of config as code-enabling scenarios such as rollback, zero downtime upgrades with far greater simplicity. He also demoed building immutable pipelines in the cloud ...
Using new techniques of information modeling, indexing, and processing, new cloud-based systems can support cloud-based workloads previously not possible for high-throughput insurance, banking, and case-based applications. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, John Newton, CTO, Founder and Chairman of Alfresco, described how to scale cloud-based content management repositories to store, manage, and retrieve billions of documents and related information with fast and linear scalability. He addres...
Hardware virtualization and cloud computing allowed us to increase resource utilization and increase our flexibility to respond to business demand. Docker Containers are the next quantum leap - Are they?! Databases always represented an additional set of challenges unique to running workloads requiring a maximum of I/O, network, CPU resources combined with data locality.
The cloud market growth today is largely in public clouds. While there is a lot of spend in IT departments in virtualization, these aren’t yet translating into a true “cloud” experience within the enterprise. What is stopping the growth of the “private cloud” market? In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of Accelerite, explored the challenges in deploying, managing, and getting adoption for a private cloud within an enterprise. What are the key differences between wh...
Due of the rise of Hadoop, many enterprises are now deploying their first small clusters of 10 to 20 servers. At this small scale, the complexity of operating the cluster looks and feels like general data center servers. It is not until the clusters scale, as they inevitably do, when the pain caused by the exponential complexity becomes apparent. We've seen this problem occur time and time again. In his session at Big Data Expo, Greg Bruno, Vice President of Engineering and co-founder of StackIQ...
Security, data privacy, reliability, and regulatory compliance are critical factors when evaluating whether to move business applications from in-house, client-hosted environments to a cloud platform. Quality assurance plays a vital role in ensuring that the appropriate level of risk assessment, verification, and validation takes place to ensure business continuity during the migration to a new cloud platform.
"Tintri was started in 2008 with the express purpose of building a storage appliance that is ideal for virtualized environments. We support a lot of different hypervisor platforms from VMware to OpenStack to Hyper-V," explained Dan Florea, Director of Product Management at Tintri, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Containers have changed the mind of IT in DevOps. They enable developers to work with dev, test, stage and production environments identically. Containers provide the right abstraction for microservices and many cloud platforms have integrated them into deployment pipelines. DevOps and containers together help companies achieve their business goals faster and more effectively. In his session at DevOps Summit, Ruslan Synytsky, CEO and Co-founder of Jelastic, reviewed the current landscape of Dev...