March 5 SoCalGas-GNA Webinar Outlines Super-Clean Potential
Southern California Gas is sponsoring a webinar on California’s need to dramatically reduce emissions from diesel-fueled heavy-duty vehicles and equipment to meet year 2050 greenhouse gas targets. The webinar is titled Emerging Near-Zero-Emission Natural Gas Heavy-Duty Engines: Meeting California’s Air Quality and Climate Protection Goals.
“California is not on track to meet air quality standards for ozone and policy makers face significant challenges,” notes a summary from webinar organizer (and Fleets & Fuels publisher) GNA – Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.
‘Regulators Must Take Immediate Steps’
“Air quality regulators must take immediate steps to dramatically reduce emissions from diesel-fueled heavy-duty vehicles and equipment,” states the summary, “and emerging near-zero-emission natural gas technology can provide the quickest, most cost effective solution to securing the emission reductions needed” (emphasis added).
The South Coast (Los Angeles) and San Joaquin Valley ozone non-attainment areas are among the most challenged. “In order to meet Federally-mandated air quality deadlines, these regions must quickly phase in heavy-duty vehicles that are 75% to 90% cleaner” than those currently being sold.
The scheduled webinar presenters are
- Matt Miyasato, Deputy Executive Officer for Science & Technology Advancement, South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), Natural Gas Engine Funding and Research Programs;
- Mark Walls, Senior Research Engineer, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Next Generation Natural Gas Engine; and
- Stephen Ptucha, Director, Product Management & Planning, Cummins Westport, Near-Zero Emission Engines.
SoCalGas released a GNA-drafted white paper on the topic, Pathways to Near-Zero-Emission Natural Gas Heavy Duty Vehicles, earlier this year (F&F, January 27).
The March 5 webinar will be moderated by GNA founder and president Cliff Gladstein.
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GNA, Melissa Wake, 949-852-7393; [email protected]; www.gladstein.org (direct link to prior report in PDF format)
SCAQMD, Matt Miyasato, 909-396-3249; [email protected]
SwRI, Mark Walls, 210-522-6880; [email protected]
Cummins Westport, Stephen Ptucha, 604-718-2024; [email protected]
Source: Gladstein, Neandross & Associates with Fleets & Fuels follow-up