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Clean Fuels: Clean Diesel Technology

Clean Diesel Technology at Work

The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest (ALAUM) actively participates in USEPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grant programs.Since 2008, over 940,000 tons of lifetime emissions have been reduced through the ALAUM clean diesel projects which improves air quality in local areas. These projects have also helped to significantly reduce the consumption of diesel fuel through new diesel technologies. The ALAUM, in partnership with USEPA have impacted 123 diesel fleets, and reduced emissions for 1611 diesel engines.

Recently Completed Projects and Emission Reductions

Total Estimated Reductions (tons)

State

NOx

PM

HC

CO

CO2

Greenville & Western Railway

SC

54.99

2.94

0.96

1.03

3,778.26

U.S. Steel Gary Works

IN

1,144.11

61.09

19.93

21.39

62,060

Kobussen Buses

WI

0

1.04

1.48

9.2

0

Kaneland C.U.S.D. #302

IL

0

0.22

0.39

2.69

0

Waste Management of SC

SC

59.08

2.31

3.07

20.18

11,742

Twin Cities and Western Railway

MN

153.67

3.64

N/A

N/A

10,742

All reduction estimates were calculated using the EPA’s Diesel Emissions Quantifier

Looking for a clean diesel grant?

USEPA’s Clean Diesel Grants are available to provide assistance for fleets of Non-Road and On-Highway diesel engines interested in reducing their environmental impact. For a complete list of eligible retrofit technologies please click here

Fleets interested in applying for funding through the DERA program may submit a Fleet Application to the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest. Funding through this program is in no way guaranteed and is dependent upon the availability of funding from the USEPA. To view the current USEPA Request for Proposal for the DERA program please click here

Download an ALAUM Fleet Application click here

Fleet applications may be emailed to John DeRosa (John.DeRosa@lung.org) or mailed to American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, Attn: DERA Grant Program, 3000 Kelly Lane, Springfield, IL 62711. If you have any questions about the application process, please call (217) 787-5864.

What is Clean Diesel Technology?

Clean Diesel Technology is used to reduce the emissions from a diesel engine. This can be done in a variety of ways, ranging from federally mandated emissions standards for non-road diesel engines and equipment to reducing idling of on road trucks.

What are some common forms of Clean Diesel Technology?

  • Exhaust control measures – Filters or catalysts that reduce toxic emissions
  • Idle reduction technologies
  • Aerodynamic technology
  • Engine repower or replacement with a higher emission standard
  • Bio-based fuels (biodiesel)
  • Hybridization – combining any two technologies to improve efficiency

Why should I care about clean diesel?

Diesel is essential to our everyday life. According to the Diesel Technology Forum’s report, “more than 4/5th of products exported from and imported to the U.S. – by truck, train, ship or intermodal means – are moved using diesel technology”.i  Construction and farm equipment, industrial and public transportation, emergency services and emergency power all run on diesel. Diesel engines are more efficient and provide more power than a gasoline equivalent. Diesel engines produce CO2 and CO, as well as hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxide, black carbon, and particulate matter. Emissions from diesel can lead to asthma, allergies, heart and lung disease, as well as environmental effects such as ground level smog and acid rain. Therefore, using clean diesel technology can reduce these pollutant and lead to cleaner healthier air.


i Aspen Environmental Group, M. Cobed. (2011). Diesel Powers The U.S. Economy: Providin High Paying Jobs, Exports and Long Term Productivity Gains in the Nation's Fundamental Sectors. Frederick: Diesle Technology Forum

 

  

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