California May Be Among Top Beneficiaries to Greenhouse Gas Regs
Diesel Technology Forum Representative Speaks to Federal Officials
Thanks to its massive fleet of medium and heavy-duty trucks, the state of California stands to benefit the most from greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency regulations, according to the Diesel Technology Forum. Tom Fulks, a representative from the organization, testified in front of federal officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in Long Beach, California, to support Phase 2 greenhouse gas standards that would put new-technology diesels on the road.
“With one of the largest medium and heavy duty fleets in the country, California stands to benefit the most from these proposed Phase 2 rules,” Fulks said. Thanks to the state’s third-largest fleet of model year 2010-2014 heavy-duty trucks (which are classified as new-technology diesels), the state has eliminated 120,000 tons of NOx and 580,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, while saving an estimated 1.4 billion barrels of crude oil, according to most recent research.
That new technology is delivering real-world benefits, according to Fulks. He stated that clean-diesel technology is one of the two main contributors to achieving cleaner air and meeting national air-quality standards, citing research done by the American Lung Association.
Moving forward, Fulks said the nation must adopt 50-state-universal standards that are fuel-neutral, recognizing that while one fuel technology may be effective in one location or type of truck, another fuel may be cleaner and more useful in another situation. “EPA and NHTSA’s role is to establish and maintain a level playing field that allows manufacturers and their customers to select the technology that makes the most sense for their specific needs,” Fulks said.
The hearing at which Fulks spoke was held on August 18, and the EPA and NHTSA will receive comments regarding the Phase 2 regulations until September 17.
Source: Diesel Technology Forum