Western North Carolina’s clean air efforts got a boost during the Clean Diesel, Clean Air Conference sponsored by the Diesel Technology Forum and held recently in Asheville.
Caterpillar Inc. donated 16 diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs) to be installed on Asheville’s public transportation buses and two catalyzed converter mufflers for two D6 track type tractors belonging to the Buncombe Country Landfill. According to a release from the Diesel Technology Forum, these donations are expected to reduce key emissions by 26.1 tons per year.
Congressman Charles Taylor and Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum were on hand for the presentation.
“The diesel industry has been working to improve emissions for years and today’s retrofit award is a hallmark of that commitment,” noted Schaeffer. “While the new diesel trucks and buses hitting the road in 2007 will reduce emissions by over 90%, the technology donated today is an important step towards reducing emissions from the 11 million existing diesel engines already powering our economy.”