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January 23, 2017   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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Getting Big Things Done

Thanks to decades of investments in clean diesel technology, the latest equipment used to move international freight is doing more than moving tons of equipment. It’s eliminating tons of emissions and generating enormous air quality benefits.


With a new Administration taking over the reins in Washington, there is already quite a bit of buzz about realizing many campaign promises. One of those themes was trade and already Trump Administration officials are reaching out to Canadian and Mexican officials to talk new terms to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and renegotiating chapters of a free trade pact with 12 nations through the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Moving more U.S. trade will rely on big things….namely the fleet of trucks, trains and ships and cargo handling equipment necessary to shuttle all this freight.  Most, sometimes all, of this big equipment are powered by diesel engines. The latest clean diesel engines will accomplish quite a bit more than haul freight.

Millions of Tons (2013)

Exports

Imports

Total Trade

Truck

120

103

223

Rail

83

94

177

Water

89

309

398

Source: Freight Facts and Figures 2015 (U.S. Department of Transportation)


Thanks to decades of investments in clean diesel technology, the latest equipment used to move international freight is doing more than moving tons of equipment. It’s eliminating tons of emissions and generating enormous air quality benefits.

First, let’s look at all those trucks that enter and exit marine terminals and rail yards and cross the northern and southern border. Replacing a single truck manufactured before 1992 with a new clean diesel truck that meets the latest near-zero emissions standard will reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx), a smog forming compound, by 1,282 lbs each year. That is equivalent to the emissions generated by 971 cars manufactured since 2009 on the road for one year.

As the equipment gets bigger, so does the emission reduction benefits from the latest clean diesel technology. Upgrading just one of the oldest tug boat engines with a new clean diesel engine reduces NOx emissions by almost 49 tons each year. That is equivalent to the emissions generated by over 72,000 cars manufactured since 2009 on the road for one year.

Still yet, replacing just one of the oldest locomotive engines with the latest “Tier 4” clean diesel engine can eliminate 103 tons of NOx emissions each year. That’s equivalent to the emissions generated by over 156,000 cars manufactured since 2009 on the road for a year.

While clean diesel is ready to move tons of things across the nation and overseas, clean diesel will also deliver tons of emission reductions helping to improve air quality for communities across the country.

Please visit the National Port Assessment Strategy published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to read more about the benefits of clean diesel moving international freight.


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