The following is an open letter from Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, to the delegates, leaders and attendees of the Global Climate Action Summit.
To the Delegates, Leaders and Attendees of the Global Climate Action Summit:
Former U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-Moon once said, “We need all hands on deck to combat climate change.”
Our world runs on diesel. Globally, one out of every two economic sectors depend on diesel power. Trucks, trains, buses, marine workboats, and agricultural, forestry, mining and construction equipment rely almost exclusively on diesel.
Tackling the multiple challenges of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, implementing adaptation and mitigation measures requires many solutions.
Diesel is one of those solutions.
No other fuel or technology can match the combination of energy efficiency, work capability, reliability, durability, economical operation, and environmental performance that diesel delivers in every corner of the world, including:
- installing wind turbines on land and sea;
- providing backup power to storm surge pumping systems along the Gulf Coast;
- enabling more productive farming using less fuel in South America;
- serving as backup power for new solar microgrids in Africa;
- powering the vehicles and equipment for delivering essential public and emergency services;
- and much, much more.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from diesel engines is happening today. Greater fuel efficiency and virtual elimination of particulate/black carbon emission contributes to sustained progress toward global goals.
For tomorrow, expect continued progress on energy efficiency, lower emissions, Integration with battery and hybrid-electric drive systems, and expanding use of renewable, low-carbon biofuels as further evidence of diesel’s expanding capabilities in our sustainable future.
Let’s work together on the world’s biggest challenges; they require many solutions. The new generation of diesel technology is one of them.
Diesel Technology Forum
For more information on how diesel technology contributes to worldwide goals, visit https://www.dieselforum.org/dieselpowersthefuture.
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About The Diesel Technology Forum
The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of Diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean Diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean Diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner Diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. For more information, visit http://www.dieselforum.org.