Southeast Diesel Collaborative Carol L. Kemker, Deputy Director Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management Division.
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Southeast Diesel Collaborative Carol L. Kemker, Deputy Director Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management Division
Air Quality in Region 4 Air quality concerns 62 Counties in non-attainment for 8-hr ozone, population ~16 million people 47 Counties not attaining PM2.5 standard, population ~8 million people Health concerns Premature death Diesel exhaust a possible human carcinogen Other respiratory system effects
Region 4 Clean School Bus One of the first school bus retrofit programs in the country $1.45M: ten projects totaling almost 2000 school bus retrofits Georgia leveraged CSB-USA funds for other ULSD efforts North Carolina and Tampa, FL have their own programs
Truck Stop Electrification 7 truck stops equipped with TSE technology Interstates 40 and 85 are national idle free corridors 30+ SmartWay partners Future sites in TN, GA and FL
Biodiesel in Region 4 Coordinating with DOE and SEATF Available in all Region 4 states Municipal and state fleets: NCDOT, Knox County, etc. Airports: Ft. Lauderdale, currently; Orlando, Miami coming soon Corporate fleets: Georgia Power, Knoxville Utilities, etc.
Building on Success 2004 Mobile Source PM2.5 Emissions, by Sector
National Clean Diesel Campaign Consolidating diesel clean-up efforts in order to protect health and allow nonattainment areas to meet the NAAQS Two components: Regulations for new engines Voluntary programs for existing engines Five sectors: School buses, Ports, Construction, Freight and Agriculture
Sector-Based Approach Identify sector-specific incentives at federal, state and local levels Build broad-based regional collaboratives For more information see: www.epa.gov/cleandiesel
Southeast Diesel Collaborative Coordinated effort to address the impacts of diesel in the Southeast Leverage resources to maximize benefits Limit duplication of effort Pool intellectual capital
Collaborative Partners Government Federal, State and local air quality, transportation, energy and agriculture agencies Industry representatives Non-governmental organizations (e.g., environmental organizations, community groups, academia, etc.)
Potential Target Sectors Construction Agriculture On-road—build on past successes
Construction State and municipal fleet retrofits and alternative fuels usage Pilot projects Contract language Engage private sector in discussions Sector Goal: Secure funding to establish retrofit projects, work with DOTs to create contract provision language
Agriculture Potential to create closed-loop biofuel crop industry Increase availability of diesel Can replace less profitable crops Improves farmers’ bottom line, biodiesel better for public health SmartWay Transport Partnership Retrofits Sector Goal: Create partnerships, develop sector strategy and pilot retrofit and other clean diesel projects
Potential Funding Sources Federal: EPA (Clean School Bus, General Retrofit), DoE (Clean Cities) and DOT (CMAQ) State SEPs: Settlements at federal and state levels Local funding (Tampa, FL) Corporate Sponsorship Creative financing
Next Steps Near Term Outreach to potential partners Sign Collaborative Partnership commitments Convene Collaborative partners meeting Solicit funding from within EPA for pilot projects Develop specific project ideas milestones Long Term Implement collaborative plan to reduce diesel emissions Increase availability of clean fuel
In Conclusion There is interest! There is commitment! Need to reduce diesel emissions to protect human health! Need to increase renewable energy! The Southeast is in a good position to achieve results!
Calling interested partners to join the SOUTHEAST DIESEL COLLABORATIVE!