Federal clean truck standards

New standards can further cut fuel consumption from trucks and buses

On June 19, 2015 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed 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 the standards

The proposed phase two clean truck standards will have the following impacts over the life of the program.

  • One Billion metric tons of carbon pollution kept out of the atmosphere.
  • 1.8 Billion barrels of oil saved
  • $170 Billion in fuel savings for truck drivers
  • AND
  • $150 in annual household savings by 2030

Technology available now

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.

Media contact

  • Sharyn Stein
    (202) 572-3396 (office)

Fact sheets, reports & links

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