Federal clean truck standards

New standards can further cut fuel consumption from trucks and buses

In his 2014 State of the Union address to Congress, President Obama pledged to set new greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for the nation’s heavy trucks. These new standards by the U.S. Government will build on the first-ever greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for new freight trucks and buses finalized in 2011.

Robust new standards are needed to further reduce the oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from new commercial trucks and buses – which are otherwise expected to grow by more than 40 percent by 2040.

Benefits of rigorous phase two standards

  • 40% Reduction in fleetwide fuel consumption by 20251
  • 1.4 million Barrels of oil saved daily by 2030
  • $30,000 In annual fuel savings for tractor trailer drivers
  • 270 MMT Of carbon pollution kept out of the atmosphere annually by 2030
  • $400 In annual household savings from reduction in fuel used to transport consumer goods

Technology available now to cut fuel and CO2

Existing and emerging technologies are available to significantly reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from medium- and heavy-duty highway vehicles. The fuel economy benefits of these technologies are predicted to significantly offset their cost, making the American freight industry cleaner, while saving consumers money at the pump.

EDF Recommendations

EDF encourages the Obama Administration to set bold new standards that:

  1. Deploy the full range of cost-effective existing and advanced technologies to reduce fuel consumption from the heavy-duty sector by 40% by 2025 [PDF].
  2. Adopt meaningful performance based standards for trailers to maximize emissions reductions and fuel efficiency.
  3. Create comprehensive standards that include all on-truck greenhouse gas emissions, such as methane leaks from natural gas trucks and hydrofluorocarbon (“HFC”) emissions from refrigerated trucks and trailers.
  4. Provide transparent emissions and fuel economy information to consumers through labeling and online resources.

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  1. This target is cost effective and has broad support from EDF and other key stakeholders.