Diesel Technology Forum Responds to Concerns in France About Pollution
Organization Exec Says Clean Diesel is the Solution
Earlier this week, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls commented on France’s reliance on diesel fuel in the past, something he said was a mistake that would be corrected. According to Reuters, who originally broke the story, the nation wants to discourage the use of diesel in passenger cars and trucks by enacting taxes on the fuel and offering incentives to those who traded in older diesels on new electric cars.
The implication in Valls’ words was that diesel causes pollution, particularly in city centers where the worst offenders could potentially be banned. However, the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) claims that clean diesel technology can improve France’s air quality.
In a statement released by DTF Executive Director Allen Schaeffer, the organization says stringent emissions regulations in the United States have resulted in the cleanest diesel engines in the world.
“The new generation of clean diesel technology is an ecological solution that will help France meet both clean air and climate goals, and it would be a mistake for French leaders not to embrace it,” Schaeffer said.
He said that clean diesel has firmly established itself in the range of choices for high-efficiency, low-emissions personal transport. For example, in the United States, particulate and NOx emissions have been decreased by 98 percent compared to older diesel engines. Fuel efficiency, long a hallmark of power-dense diesel motors, is another ecological benefit mentioned by the DTF.
Clean diesel technology isn’t being defended solely by the forum, either.
“Just this year, the American Lung Association cited clean diesel technology as one of the two primary reasons for the progress being made in the United States meeting national clean air standards,” Schaeffer said.
We’re obviously inclined to agree with the DTF on this matter. Diesel exhaust aftertreatment, low-sulfur fuel, and advanced injection and emissions controls have resulted in diesel engines that are not only more efficient and cleaner, but more powerful and fun to drive as well. We hope Prime Minister Valls is willing to look at ecological evidence and other nations’ experiences before he damns diesel fuel completely.
Source: Diesel Technology Forum