Diesel is part of the solution for tackling climate change, growing the economy and delivering cleaner air now.
January 27, 2021 | Diesel Technology Forum
A call to action – for the industry to make clear to the new Biden administration that advanced diesel engines and renewable biofuels are key near-term strategies for this nation to meet its established climate goals, and must be included in both domestic and international policy.
At recent national meetings of the National Biodiesel Board and the Association of Diesel Specialists Convention, Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum spoke to both groups, issuing a call to action – for the industry to make clear to the new Biden administration that advanced diesel engines and renewable biofuels are key near-term strategies for this nation to meet its established climate goals, and must be included in both domestic and international policy.
“NBB’s annual (virtual) conference theme was RISE - spot on especially this year, because rising to the occasion – is just what the growing renewable biofuel industry is doing. It is vitally important that in 2021, that meeting the broad challenge of climate change requires proven and available solutions that are here today to cut greenhouse gas emissions just as much as you might value zero emissions all electric technology – 10 or 15 years from now when it is available at scale. Until then, what? Can we afford to wait that long for clean air benefits, particularly in environmental justice communities?
As we envision a greater national focus on attacking climate change in the coming year, advanced diesel engines and biodiesel and renewable diesel must be included as key strategies. They are available, affordable, proven and deliver substantial near-term reductions in greenhouse gas and other emissions across wide sectors of the economy like trucking that rely substantially on diesel engines today and will well into the future, noted Schaeffer.
At their 2021 Virtual Convention, members of the Association of Diesel Specialists heard about the success of new light-duty diesel pickup trucks in the U.S. market, and the fuel savings and performance benefits these owners are experiencing. Even with 2020 being a down year for auto sales due to the pandemic (-14 percent) , sales of new diesel pickup trucks was up 28 percent over 2019, while also securing 5 of the top 10 slots for fastest-growing alternative fueled vehicles among electric and other emerging technologies.
Schaeffer also outlined the challenges ahead for diesel technology – working together to put an end to tampering with emissions controls and the growing importance of advanced diesel technology and renewable biofuels in achieving near term reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. For more on the DTF presentations to these groups, members can access the full presentations on the members-only portion of www.dieselforum.org while non-members should contact us at email@example.com.
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