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USAgNet - 10/19/2016

The Diesel Technology Forum is releasing a series of short videos featuring industry leaders from Caterpillar Inc., Cummins, CNH Industrial, John Deere, Neste and Volvo Group highlighting the major efficiency improvements and emissions reductions being achieved with new clean diesel technology.

The videos were recorded at the recent Society of Environmental Journalists 26th Annual Conference in Sacramento during the Forum's three-day "Meeting the Climate and Clean Air Challenge of the Future" exhibit. The SEJ conference was the largest meeting of environmental journalists in the U.S. this year and also included a large number of academics and state and federal policymakers.

"These new videos highlight the thinking of industry leaders from the world's largest and most advanced equipment manufacturers that are leading the way to the use of near-zero emission equipment in transportation, construction, agriculture, and rail and marine transport," said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum. "It's clear that clean diesel technology is the foundation for meeting U.S. and international air quality goals and a low carbon future.

"When getting a first-hand look at this equipment, people are amazed to learn that today's clean diesel technology features not only fuel efficiency advancements, near zero emissions and GHG reduction strategies, but also integrated efficiency, communications and GPS technology to help this hard-working technology work harder, smarter and cleaner."

To see the videos go here or www.dieselforum.org/events/society-of-environmental-journalists-26th-annual-conference.

Excerpts from videos include the following.

Allen Schaeffer, executive director f the Diesel Technology Forum, said, "When these new technologies hit the highway that's when we really get the benefits that Californian's are really looking for -- lower fuel consumption, lower CO2 emissions and cleaner air thanks to the near zero emissions that all these units have today.

"Diesel technology has been around for over 100 years and we're very convinced it's going to be around for at least another 100 years because of its higher energy density, it's very low emissions now, much more fuel efficient than other technologies, and it can do the kind of things that other technologies just can't do.

"For society what it means really is cleaner air, lower emissions of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions."

Mike Rochford, director - emissions regulations & conformance for Caterpillar Inc., noted, "Caterpillar's view of the future when it comes to diesel engines and technologies is really starts with the customer. So the customer is looking for equipment that's going to help them get jobs done more efficiently and make more money. It puts out less NOx and less particulate matter but it does it also by burning less fuel. So by getting the same work done burning 35 percent less fuel the Greenhouse gas foot print is that much smaller."

Brian Mormino, executive director, environmental strategy and compliance for Cummins, says, "When we think about the public policy challenges that we have in terms of improving air quality and meeting our energy and climate challenges one of the biggest steps we can take is get this clean diesel technology out on the road. So replace older equipment and get the new technology out there because it is already achieving those near zero levels. And just by swapping out older for new we're helping meet those challenges."

Dr. Xinquin Gui, chief powertrain technologist for John Deere, adds, "In the last 100 years, we've seen a revolution in agricultural productivity through mechanization. Diesel engines have always powered this revolution. In the foreseeable future and diesel engines will continue to play that role to take our country into the next century."

Susan Alt, senior vice president for public affairs for Volvo Group North America, explains, "We say clean diesel and that's because the diesel engines today emit almost no emissions and so the fact is that the diesel engine which provides the horsepower and the torque that's needed to haul heavy loads has a long future."

"I think that the future for engine and fuel technology is going to come with electronics. Again, the truck is getting smarter, it's getting smarter because the engine, the transmission, the drive line can all talk to each other so that's the truck being smarter. And then you take that truck and you talk to the infrastructure and then it becomes part of an overall system."

Chris Walters, regulatory affairs manager for CNH Industrial, says, "I think the future of diesel is strong...we've worked very hard over the last two decades to reduce the emissions from the engine while maintaining the power, reliability and efficiency that everyone has come to know from the diesel engine."

Dayne Delahoussaye, head of North American public affairs for Neste, adds, "Renewable diesel is a diesel fuel that comes from renewable feedstocks in the same way that biodiesel comes from vegetable oils and waste residues. Neste's proud because we're currently using as our raw material 80 percent waste and residues to make this. And that waste and residue and feedstock raw material actually helps reduce the Greenhouse gas impact of the fuel where you can get up to an 80 percent reduction in Greenhouse gases."

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