Government and Industry Representatives Meet to Discuss Diesel Engine Idling in Heavy-Duty Vehicles
May 27, 2004
The first comprehensive national conference ever devoted to discussing the problem of diesel engine idling in all types of heavy vehicles took place May 17-19 in Albany, New York. The National Idling Reduction Planning Conference brought together representatives from trucking and transit companies; railroads; equipment manufacturers; local, state, and federal government agencies (including regulators); and national research laboratories to identify consistent and practical idling reduction solutions for the entire United States.
Idling (running a vehicle engine for purposes other than movement) is a practice that wastes huge amounts of diesel fuel and emits considerable quantities of nitrous oxide (NOx), carbon dioxide (CO2), and particulate matter (PM) into the atmosphere. Truckers idle their engines during rest periods to stay warm in the winter, cool in the summer, to power appliances, to eliminate cold engine starts, and while waiting in delivery depots. One of the challenges to reducing idling has been the availability of cost-effective power options that don't cut into vehicle weight allowances and yet enable truckers to achieve a good night's sleep.
Sponsors of the event included:
- U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
- U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
- CAT Electronics
- Idling Solutions
- RigMaster Power
- Diesel Technology Forum
- Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA)
The three-day conference featured several panel discussions focusing on technology, government programs and incentives, industry perspectives, state and federal regulations, and specific market sector idling considerations. Exhibits and networking opportunities rounded out the event, which attracted more than 200 participants, nearly 50 speakers, and numerous exhibitors.
For more information, visit the conference web site.