Cleaning up our transportation system
Our nation’s transportation system has allowed us a higher quality of life and expanded mobility, but the transportation sector is also a significant contributor to poor air quality and climate change.
EDF supports innovative federal and state efforts that are reducing the negative impact of getting from one place to another.
Transportation is the second largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in the United States, only behind the power sector.
Our cars, trucks, ships and other vehicles also emit particle pollution when they burn gasoline and diesel, the most commonly used fuels.
Health and budget solutions
Smart policies to clean up our transportation system are already paying off. By requiring more efficient vehicles, we can reduce air pollution, mitigate climate change, and make fewer trips to the gas pump.
Most light-duty vehicles are already exceeding national fuel efficiency standards finalized in 2012. This program will double our fuel economy performance by 2025, reduce greenhouse gases, and save over $1.5 trillion.
In August 2016 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) finalized the second round of greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for the nation’s heavy trucks. These standards help ensure that our nation’s fleet of trucks uses dramatically less fuel, cuts climate and other harmful pollution, and saves both truckers and consumers money.
Tailpipe and gasoline standards finalized in 2014 will cut dangerous pollution and save thousands of lives every year.