The Environmental Protection Agency's 10th annual West Coat Collaborative staged a Diesel Technology Forum this week to highlight the evolution of diesel powe as a "workhorse and economic engine through the transformation to near zero emissions with a future focus to help California and the nation meet energy and climate goals."
“Clean diesel is a national success story and for the last 10 years the West Coast Collaborative has played a key role in bringing stakeholders together,” said Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “This will form a solid foundation for the future as attention shifts to increasing the penetration of new technology diesel engines and reducing carbon dioxide (C02) along with smog-precursor NOx. The inherent efficiencies of diesel technology coupled with the use of more renewable fuels and technology advances ensure it a continued key role in the future for California and beyond.”
The collaborative is a public/private partnership among U.S. government at all levels, academia, environmental groups and and the private sector, as part of the National Clean Diesel Campaign.
“The future challenges for any advanced fuel and technology are to meet near zero emissions performance, increasing fuel economy mandates, customer needs and demands – ROI, affordability, reliability, and maintainability, and make it all work in the real world. Clean diesel is meeting these challenges today and can meet these challenges for tomorrow,” said Schaeffer.
Diesel technology contributes more than $13 billion US annually to the California economy, he said, with diesel technology and fuel accounting for another $483 in value and about 1.25 million jobs nation-wide.
Schaeffer said that according to the Air Resources Board, from 1990 through 2015 fine particulate matter from diesel trucks had declined nearly 74%, and that more fine particles come from brake and tire wear than from all on-road diesel engines. He said it would take 60 of today's new diesel trucks to equal the particulate emissions of just one truck in 1988.
The Diesel Technology forum is a not-for-profit organization that raises awareness of the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology.