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August 28, 2019   |

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New-Generation Diesel Technologies to Deliver Greatest Emission Reductions in Indiana’s First-Round VW Spending

State’s Choice of Diesel-Powered School Buses, Vehicles and Equipment Will Deliver Cleaner Air to the State’s Most Vulnerable Communities

August 28, 2019 (INDIANAPOLIS) – The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) awarded $9.8 million in first-round spending from the state’s Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Trust to fund vehicle replacements in priority communities most in need of emission reductions across the state. Of the funds dispersed, $2.6 million is dedicated to upgrading 57 vehicles to the newest, cleanest, most advanced diesel technologies and engines.

“While new-generation diesel engine replacements only represent about a quarter of the state’s spending in this round, these new, diesel-powered marine engines, drayage trucks, short-haul trucks and school buses will deliver substantial near-term emissions reductions to Indiana’s most vulnerable communities, even beyond those projected from zero-emission projects,” said Ezra Finkin, policy director for the Diesel Technology Forum, a non-profit educational organization that for two decades has been raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. “With these investments in new technology diesel engines, Indiana’s Trust spending plan lives up to the mandate set forth in the settlement to use the funds for mitigating excess nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.”

In use since 2010, new-generation advanced technology diesel engines are equipped with the most advanced emissions control technology available: diesel particulate filters and selective catalytic reduction systems. These technologies capture nearly all fine particle (PM) and virtually eliminate smog-forming NOx emissions to near-zero levels. It would take 60 to today’s new-generation diesel trucks to generate the same emissions as a single truck manufactured in 1988.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded that investments in clean diesel technology is a more cost-effective strategy to immediately reduce NOx emissions from older vehicles and equipment than emerging alternatives such as battery electric commercial trucks.

“The lower cost of new, advanced diesel technologies allows more vehicles to be replaced for the limited funds available, meaning a greater portion of the fleet can be upgraded to near-zero emissions technologies,” continued Finkin. “Particularly effective are the largest-engine upgrades, such as marine and locomotive engine replacements. Research conducted with the Environmental Defense Fund confirms that replacing the older engines in a single tugboat with new diesel technologies can eliminate over 30 tons of NOx emissions a year.”

Approximately $31.2 million of the state’s allocation remains to be spent before 2028. IDEM announced additional opportunities for funds through the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) would be available in October. The terms of the VW settlement allow states to leverage federal matching funds through the DERA program, increasing the amount of funds for specific projects. Nationwide, DERA is one of the most effective air quality improvement programs managed by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Since DERA’s funding began in 2008, more than 67,000 vehicles and engines have been upgraded or replaced, delivering $19 billion in direct health benefits. This includes eliminating 427,700 tons of nitrogen oxides, 15,490 tons of particulate matter and 5.1 million tons of carbon dioxide.

Learn more at https://www.dieselforum.org/vwfund and https://www.dieselforum.org/largeengineupgrades

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