Below are Federal, State, and Collaborative programs
related to diesel emissions reductions incentives.
National Clean Diesel
Campaign: Building on the successes of EPA’s
regulatory and voluntary efforts to reduce emissions from diesel
engines, EPA created the National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) to
work aggressively to reduce the pollution emitted from diesel engines
across the country through the implementation of varied control strategies
and the aggressive involvement of national, state, and local partners.
Clean School Bus USA:
An EPA effort that reduces both children’s exposure to diesel exhaust
and the amount of air pollution created by diesel school buses
A voluntary program between EPA and the freight industry that will
increase the energy efficiency while significantly reducing air pollution
and greenhouse gases.
U.S. EPA’s Voluntary
Diesel Retrofit Program:
Works to reduce pollution from existing diesel vehicles and equipment by encouraging
cleaner burning fuel and pollution-reducing devices.
Retrofit Verification Program: The objective of the Voluntary
Diesel Retrofit Program Verification Process is to introduce verified
technologies to the market as cost effectively as possible, while
providing customers with confidence that verified technologies will
provide emission reductions as advertised.
A U.S. Department of Energy program that supports the idea of adopting
practices that contribute to reduced petroleum consumption in the
Department of Agriculture/Natural Resource Conservation Services’s
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP):
Funds provide a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers that
promotes agricultural production and environmental quality.
of Transportation’s Congestion Mitigation Air Quality CMAQ funds:
These funds are available to improve air quality and reduce congestion.
State Voluntary Efforts
A voluntary public-private program led by the Puget Sound Clean
Air Agency to begin making diesel vehicles in the region up to 90
School Bus Program:
Under this program, 5,000 diesel school buses, will be retrofitted between
now and 2008 to make them cleaner for the children who ride them and at the
same time make the air cleaner for everyone.
Washington Idle Reduction
A program designed to motivate parents and others to turn off their engines
rather than idling vehicles at schools.
The California Air Resources Board and local air pollution control districts
provide grants for the entire incremental costs of voluntarily
reducing emissions from heavy duty engines. Eligible projects
include incremental cost of emission reduction retrofits, idle
reduction retrofits, engine replacement (repower) and purchase
of new cleaner vehicle.
Originally funded by the Governor in 1995 with $25 million, this program now
receives almost $155 million per year.
Emissions School Bus Program:
Assembly Bill 425 directs that 20 percent of the Proposition 40 funds made
available to the ARB shall be allocated for the acquisition of “clean, safe,
school buses for use in California’s public schools.
Cascade Sierra Solutions:
A non-profit organization dedicated to saving fuel and reducing emissions
from heavy-duty diesel engines.
In Oregon, the state provides tax credits to assist in the prevention
and control of pollution from diesel engines.
Oregon Clean Diesel
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is working to promote voluntary
retrofit of diesel engines, in both on and off highway situations.
A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with more than 2000 members
throughout the state coming together for a healthy environment.
The State of Oregon took action to address the serious threat of
climate change in 1997 when the Legislature enacted the first law in
the U.S. aimed at reducing greenhouse gas levels. This law (the Oregon
Standard) requires new power plants built in Oregon to offset
part of their emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the most abundant
greenhouse gas. The Oregon Standard allows power plants to comply by paying mitigation
funds to a non-profit organization that meets certain qualifications. In turn,
the qualified organization must use the funds
to carry out projects that avoid, sequester, or displace the carbon
dioxide the plant will emit in excess of the required standard.
The Climate Trust was chartered as such a qualified organization in 1997.
The Oregon Biofuels Network:
The Oregon Biofuels Network supports the use and production of
biofuels in Oregon. The network serves as a clearinghouse of
information on biofuels-related topics as they pertain to our state.
The "Everybody Wins" Program: In Lane County, Oregon,
the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) continues to sponsor
an innovative program that is designed to help truckers reduce their
idling time through the use of auxiliary power units (APUs). With
funding from the Oregon Department of Energy, LRAPA is providing
low cost lease-to-own arrangements on the APUs for truckers in Oregon
who spend a majority of their idling time on the I-5 corridor.
APUs were installed on 100 trucks in Phase 1 of the program, which
helped to develop the installation and service infrastructure to support
APU technology on the I-5 corridor in Oregon. Phase 2 of the program
is now underway, with the goal of another 250 APUs installed in the
coming year. Many of the APU models also include optional “shore
power” connections that enable the drivers to plug in to electrified
truckstops when available, which allows them to shut down the main
engine and the APU.
LRAPA has also received an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
SmartWay Transport Partnership grant for this phase, which includes
a “Truck Idle Reduction Technology Demonstration Program.” This
program will entail using passive GPS data loggers on board 100 of
the 250 trucks to track the usage of APUs by a variety of metrics.
The conclusion of the project will include a case study report to
the EPA after the collection of a year of data on the APU use, a
report that will then be showcased to demonstrate the effectiveness
of the idle reduction technology to the trucking industry.
Smart Way Program:
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is providing low interest loans
to small trucking fleets to purchase fuel-saving technology packages that can
include idle reduction devices, single wide tires, trailer aerodynamics and emission
They partnered with EPA’s SmartWay Transport program and were originally
funded by a $3.5 million appropriation from state legislature, but now, the program
now pays for itself.
Small Business Environmental Improvement Loan Program:
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency offers low interest loan to small trucking
fleets for purchase of idle reduction devices, single-wide tires, trailer aerodynamics
and emission control devices. They are partnered with EPA’s SmartWay
Small Business Advantage Grant Program:
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has a grant
program that provides small business up to $7,500 but no more than
50% of the cost of an APU. They have awarded $700,000 to 150 recipients
since July 2004. Funds to
support program come from redirecting funds from an underutilized program and
landfill tipping fees.
Emission Reduction Incentive Grants:
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is providing grants for incremental
costs associated with reducing oxides of nitrogen in poor air quality areas. Eligible
diesels include on-road heavy duty vehicles, off-road equipment, marine vessels,
locomotives and stationary equipment. Eligible activities include replacement,
repower, emission reduction retrofit, idling reduction retrofit, idling reduction
infrastructure, refueling infrastructure, alternative fuels and demonstration
of new technology.
Virginia Small Business Environmental Compliance Assistance Fund:
The Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality is offering low interest
revolving loan program to small businesses for pollution prevention
purchases including emission control devices and APU’s.
Diesel Truck Idling Grant Program:
Wisconsin legislature created a grant program that will pay for to 70% of truck
idle reduction retrofits. There will be $1 million available per year for
five years. This program begins in July, 2006 and is supported by inspection
fees on petroleum products coming into the state.
Mountain Clean Diesel Collaborative:
The Rocky Mountain Clean Diesel Collaborative (RMCDC) is a partnership between
EPA Region 8, Denver Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC), Colorado Department
of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE), and Denver Department of Environmental
The Southeast Diesel Collaborative (SEDC) is a partnership involving
leaders from federal, state and local government, the private
sector and other stakeholders in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,
Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The goal
of this partnership is to improve air quality and public health by
encouraging the use of clean, renewable energy and technology and
by reducing diesel emissions from existing engines and equipment
from the agriculture, heavy construction and on-road sectors.
West Coast Governors’
Global Warming Initiative:
In September 2003, the Governors of Washington, Oregon and California committed
to a regional greenhouse gas reduction initiative. The Governors concluded
that global warming will have serious adverse consequences on the economy,
health and environment of the west coast states and that the states must act
individually and regionally to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to achieve
a variety of economic benefits from lower dependence on fossil fuels. As an
initial step, the Governors directed their staffs to develop joint policy recommendations
on reduction strategies that require regional cooperation and action.
Northwest Collaborative Air Priorities Partnership:
One of the most important air quality efforts ever in the Pacific Northwest
and Alaska. NW CAPP sets the stage for a dramatic transformation in the way
air quality is protected in the region. This momentous initiative seeks to
reduce risk by mobilizing precious resources to work on five air quality priorities
over the next five to 10 years.
The Federal Network
This network promotes cost-effective, energy- and resource-efficient operations
across all branches of government.
Northwest Biodiesel Network: The Northwest
Biodiesel Network promotes the use of biodiesel in the Northwest
as an immediate and effective way to advance environmental health,
economic strength, and social and political well-being in our communities,
our nation, and the world.
This fall, 2005, the Mid-Atlantic
Regional Air Management Association (MARAMA) and U.S. EPA Region
III are proud to announce the establishment of Mid-Atlantic Diesel
Collaborative, a new regional effort to reduce diesel related emissions.
This Collaborative is a partnership between leaders from federal,
state, and local government, the private sector, and environmental
groups in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia
and the District of Columbia and is part of an overall national campaign
to reduce diesel emissions.
The Blue Skyways Collaborative was created to encourage voluntary
air emissions reduction in North America’s heartland. Conceived
on a cocktail napkin at a business meeting in Bandera, Texas, in
2004, the collaborative has since grown into a full-fledged program
with the help of CenSARA and
the US Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA). Participants of the collaborative celebrated
a kick-off meeting in February of 2006 and the organization has been
attracting new members ever since.
Collaborative: U.S. EPA Regions 1 and 2, Northeast
States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), and the
Northeast states are proud to announce the establishment of the Northeast
Diesel Collaborative, a new regional
effort to reduce emissions from diesel vehicles. This Collaborative
is a partnership between leaders from federal, state, and local government,
the private sector, and environmental groups in the Northeast states,
and is part of an overall national campaign to reduce diesel emissions.
Click here to see the Northeast
Collaborative Overview presentation.