Because diesel engines can operate for 20 to 30 years, many older, dirtier diesel engines are still in use. There are many strategies and programs, especially from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to help make these engines cleaner. Through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Program, authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, EPA offers funding to assist eligible partners in building diesel emission reduction programs that improve air quality and public health. Virginia Clean Cities and our stakeholders have been successful in numerous programs and this page can be a resource for future programs.
These clean diesel options can include:
- Using Cleaner fuels
- Reduced idling
- Retrofitting engines with verified technologies
- Maintaining equipment properly
- Gaining Operational efficiencies and
- Replacing Older equipment with certified cleaner models
Buses, medium- or heavy-duty trucks, marine engines, and locomotives qualify, as well as non-road and stationary engines and cargo handling equipment.
Additional federal information can be found at epa.gov/cleandiesel.
Funding sources include:
National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance program – to deploy EPA certified technologies – competitive grants – contact VCC if you would like to partner.
State Clean Diesel Grant Program – An allocation that makes funds directly available to states to establish programs – Contact VCC if you would like to partner on future grants