CHICAGO (December 17, 1999) -- The Engine Manufacturers
Association (EMA) applauds ARCO’s efforts in developing a cleaner burning
diesel fuel, well in advance of anticipated regulatory requirements. The new
fuel aims specifically at helping reduce soot emissions from urban municipal
fleets in South California.
We’re glad to see a petroleum company in a major market,
step up to the plate and take a leading role in reducing emissions,” said
Glenn Keller, EMA Executive Director.
The new fuel will have a maximum sulfur content of 15 parts
per million (ppm), while the average sulfur content of diesel fuel currently
used in California (CARB Diesel) is almost 10-times greater. In addition, ARCO
believes the new fuel, used in combination with after-treatment, will be
comparable to, or better than, alternative fuels in reducing emissions levels --
resulting in healthier air quality.
“For the past 30 years, EMA members have been working to
reduce emissions from our products, which makes this development particularly
exciting,” said Keller. “In 1988, for example, EMA members worked together
with fuel suppliers to develop low sulfur fuel regulations and we continue to
believe that fuel quality is critically important to reducing emissions.
“We are proud of EMA’s record of working with fuel
suppliers and regulators to reduce emissions while maintaining the fuel economy
and performance characteristics important to the transportation industry.”