The Expected Results of New Emission Standards in Trucking
The topic of fossil fuel emissions has always been a controversial one, with businesses and lawmakers weighing in on the pros and cons of moving toward a greener future. In the freight transportation and delivery industry, emissions have long been viewed as a necessary evil. While carriers and drivers alike have acknowledged that trucking leaves a noticeable carbon footprint, technological limitation of the past led to this issue simply being tolerated.
But new measures developed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama Administration have been designed to reduce the impact of commercial vehicles on the environment without putting unfair limitations on the industry as a whole. The American Trucking Associations has worked closely with lawmakers to draft a new set of fuel-consumption guidelines for large commercial vehicles and busses. These measures have been designed to produce a new generation of cleaner (and more efficient) commercial vehicles.
The general consensus concerning the new regulations is that they achieve a proper balance between improving environmental conditions and helping to stimulate growth within the trucking industry. Cleaner engines will not only help to reduce emissions, but they will also improve fuel efficiency which will lower overall costs for truckers and carriers.
Even though fuel prices are lower now than they have been in the past, fuel still represent the largest cost that carriers must manage. Given that the new regulations will help improve fuel efficiency, it is estimated that carriers may see up to $4,000 in savings per truck by 2030.
Once implemented completely, the new regulations are expected to decrease oil consumption by two billion barrels for heavy trucks and busses. This will in turn lower carbon dioxide emissions by over one billion metric tons. Given that a quarter of all greenhouse gasses are estimated to come from the transportation sector, these measures may prove to be extremely beneficial to the environment.