The American Trucking Associations (ATA) recently launched a far-reaching program of initiatives to set the industry on the road toward a more sustainable future under the banner Trucks Deliver a Cleaner Tomorrow.
This first-ever industry-wide environmental sustainability program identifies a series of initiatives that will reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, thereby helping combat the challenge of global climate change.
ATA President and CEO Bill Graves praised the program as a landmark effort that will join all trucking industry stakeholders to work together on these issues.
“ATA has committed itself to a series of measures that can reduce fuel consumption by 86 billion gallons and CO2 emissions by 900 million tons for all vehicles over the next 10 years,” said Graves. “Our proposals are practical, reasonable, and doable. They make environmental sense, and they make common sense.”
“The program is a continuation of environmental advances made by the trucking industry over the last quarter century,” Graves added. “But there’s no doubt that today’s skyrocketing diesel prices give us an added incentive to roll it out across the industry, and for Congress to provide the support the program needs.”
The report includes six key recommendations to reduce fuel consumption and addresses the impact of these activities on the environment. They are the equivalent of eliminating the CO2 generated by 9.6 million Americans for one year – roughly equal to the population of the Chicago metropolitan area.
The recommendations are displayed on a new Web site, www.trucksdeliver.org, together with full details of the trucking industry’s new commitments on sustainability:
- Set governors on new trucks to limit speeds to no more than 68 mph and reduce the national speed limit to 65 mph for all vehicles.
- Reduce engine idling.
- Increase fuel efficiency by encouraging participation in the U.S. EPA SmartWay(SM) Transport Partnership Program.
- Reduce congestion by improving highways, if necessary by raising the fuels tax.
- Use more productive truck combinations.
- Support national fuel economy standards for trucks.