Sierra Club: Administration Proposes Standards to Make Freight Trucks More Efficient

Washington, D.C. –(ENEWSPF)–June 19, 2015.  Today the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation proposed the second phase of efficiency and emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks. Coming on the heels of the first-ever fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks, which went into effect last year, this second phase further cuts oil use and slashes emissions while making goods cheaper to deliver. Today, tractor-trailers average roughly six miles per gallon — the same as they have for decades. By utilizing advanced technologies, from aerodynamic trailers to automated manual transmissions, we can cost-effectively increase the efficiency of freight trucks.

In Response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune issued the following statement:

“We applaud the Obama administration for proposing standards that will make heavy-duty trucks significantly cleaner and more efficient for years to come.This new policy will slash oil consumption and cut dangerous carbon pollution, further proving we don’t need new extreme oil projects like Arctic drilling or the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

“The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation have worked diligently on this proposal to reduce fuel consumption by much as 24%, which is a step in the right direction. However, analysis shows that we can reduce new truck fuel consumption 40 percent by 2025 — faster than the administration suggests. We look forward to engaging with the agencies to strengthen these standards.”


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