Today, as more than one billion people in over 190 countries commemorate the 45th Earth Day, it’s important to recognize one of the most historic environmental achievements that has contributed to a cleaner environment while powering the global economy – clean diesel technology.

“Each year, we celebrate and renew our commitment to protect and enhance our environment, conserve our resources, and improve our quality of life.  This is not just a vision, but a daily reality for the leaders in clean diesel technology; companies that provide the world with the most advanced and powerful engines, equipment, machines and vehicles and fuels.  They don’t just make equipment, they empower people, economies and prosperity,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum (

“We see a future where environmental progress and economic opportunity are both enabled with a new generation of clean diesel technology.  Whether tending thousand-acre farms that help feed the world, building roads and clean water infrastructure that connect communities, or powering a commercial truck for taking goods to market, or a fuel-sipping personal car, diesel technology is delivering on that future today.  The power of diesel engines is not just measured in horsepower; it is measured in people power- enabling progress and prosperity using efficient, modern and clean tools.

“Diesel’s Near Zero Emission Levels Help Achieve Sustainability”
“Thanks to the innovation and billions of dollars of research and development, engine, vehicle and equipment manufacturers today produce new diesel engines and equipment to meet all the needs of tomorrow’s sustainable world.  This includes a wide range of engine sizes with emission at near zero levels, improved fuel efficiency, and a capability to utilize a wide range of renewable biodiesel fuels from an array of feed stocks.

“Clean Diesel Is Important Because Diesel Powers 90% of Global Trade”
“So why is this important? Diesel is the predominant power source in key sectors of the global economy including the technology of choice for over 90 percent of all global trade – for road-building, industrial development farming, moving goods to market and providing essential public services.   Today’s diesel technology does more with less – more work with fewer emissions, using less fuel.

“New Diesel Technology Can Help Meet Diverse Worldwide Environmental Challenges”
“The world faces a diverse set of environmental challenges and economic aspirations, especially when it comes to a mix of old and new vehicles and technology.  Central to achieving low emissions in both old and new diesel engines is the availability of the highest quality ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel.  These cleaner fuels deliver immediate benefits to all engines and machines that use them, and it must be the first priority for all nations and governments.  This opens the door for acquiring the newest and cleanest and most productive diesel engines and the expanded societal benefits they provide.

Responsibility for our environment is a shared one.  Owners and operators of all diesel engines and equipment must do their part to contribute to using less fuel and lower emissions by an attention to regular maintenance and proper operation to ensure the best performance for the environment.   Where possible the use of high-quality renewable biodiesel fuels can benefit both local economies and our global environment.

“The world’s economy depends on diesel power today, and diesel engines have transformed to meet the needs of the global economy, environment and climate for a sustainable future for all tomorrow.”

Clean Diesel By the Numbers . . .
Schaeffer said some of the major highlights of the new clean diesel technology include: