Clean diesel tech ‘needed to reach US COP21 goals’

The US will need clean diesel technology to reach its greenhouse gas emission targets. That’s according to Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of not-for-profit awareness firm the Diesel Technology Forum. President […]

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The US will need clean diesel technology to reach its greenhouse gas emission targets.

That’s according to Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of not-for-profit awareness firm the Diesel Technology Forum.

President Barack Obama has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26% to 28% by 2025.

He also aims to cut emissions from power plants as well as make advancements in vehicle fuel efficiency and increase the use of renewable fuels.

Mr Schaeffer said: “To achieve these objectives will require greater implementation of proven and available technology, like the newest generation of diesel engines.”

He added the US does not need to wait for the technology to significantly reduce CO2 emissions as there is currently diesel powered equipment in the field.

Mr Schaffer went on: “Diesel vehicles on the road today deliver substantial greenhouse gas reductions and air quality benefits.”

He said global leaders meeting at COP21 this week are making commitments which will need proven technology such as diesel engines.

Mr Schaffer added: “While fully half of the US climate commitment relies on emissions cuts from power plants, the second leading strategy is reducing Carbon Dioxide emissions from passenger and commercial vehicles.

“Here, more efficient and lower-emission technologies – such as clean diesel – must play a more significant role if the US is to achieve its reductions in the time frame outlined under the commitment.”

Volkswagen recently revealed its plans to fix diesel cars in Europe affected by its cheat emissions tests.