Council on Environmental Quality chair highlights clean diesel

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Clean diesel will play an important role in America’s new clean energy economy due to new technologies that have improved diesel fuel’s efficiency and dramatically reduced emissions, said Nancy Sutley, chair of the Council on Environmental Quality and top energy adviser to President Obama.

“The diesel industry has succeeded in innovative efforts to improve fuel efficiency and dramatically reduce emissions,” Sutley told diesel industry leaders at the Diesel Technology Forum’s annual meeting. “This continued commitment and progress is helping companies and communities save money and reduce pollution, and propelling the clean energy jobs and industries that will power our economy in the 21st century.”

Sutley credited the research and development by diesel industry leaders during the past decade for significantly improving new engines and ultra-low-sulfur fuel.

“We appreciate Chair Sutley’s comments about the important role clean diesel will play in the clean energy economy,” said Allen Schaeffer, DTF executive director. “She has a firm understanding of how the U.S. must coordinate our diverse energy supplies to meet our energy and environmental goals.”

Schaeffer said clean diesel has made dramatic improvements over the past decade. “We’re pleased Chair Sutley agrees that clean diesel is one of the major components in improving our economy and transportation system in an environmentally sound manner,” he said.

Schaeffer said Sutley also issued a challenge to the diesel industry to continue its efforts to further improve its technology. “We are continuing our longstanding commitment to this important effort,” he said. “In addition, we continue to work with federal, state and local officials to expand and modernize programs to upgrade older diesel engines to reduce emissions.”