Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it plans to award approximately US$3.4 million in grants to establish projects that use emerging technologies to reduce emissions from the country’s existing fleet of diesel engines. The EPA said that it is important to address the existing fleet because it predates EPA’s stringent new particulate and nitrogen oxide standards, and that diesels remain in use for decades.
The funding money was authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and funded for the first time this fiscal year.
State, local, regional and tribal governments may apply for the grants, along with non-profits and institutions with transportation, educational service and air quality responsibilities. The grants are targeting school or transit buses, medium- and heavy-duty trucks, marine engines, locomotives and non-road engines.
The grants will be administered by EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign under the Emerging Technology Program (ETP), which supports the development and commercialization of new, cutting-edge technologies. An emerging technology is defined as a device or strategy that reduces emissions from diesel engines or equipment that has not been verified or certified by EPA or the California Air Resources Board.