European, Japanese, and North American heavy-duty engine and vehicle manufacturers call for harmonized global approach to improve fuel efficiency
Leading manufacturers of heavy-duty commercial trucks and engines called for a harmonized global approach and cooperation in efforts to improve fuel efficiency, with increased cooperation among European, Japanese and American regulators as a necessary key element. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced a proposed rulemaking for the first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses. (Earlier post.)
Convening at the 8th Global Commercial Vehicle Industry Meeting in Chicago last week, the chief executives of more than a dozen manufacturers discussed fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reductions, diesel fuel specifications, and topics related to heavy-duty engine and vehicle regulation and certification.
In a statement released following the meeting, the chief executives said they recognized the importance of moving forward to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions even as the industry faces significant challenges brought on by worldwide economic conditions over the last three years. One key to that effort is working to harmonize vehicle and fuel requirements across governments and regions so that manufacturers can achieve economies of scale and work towards uniform specifications and requirements.
The manufacturers meeting agreed to pursue efforts across the globe to develop harmonized fuel, testing, and certification practices and procedures related to fuel efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas reductions.
As key participants in the goods movement and freight transport sectors, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturers assembled here today recognize the importance of energy security, improved fuel efficiency and climate change. Conflicting and inefficient regulatory requirements and different specifications and testing requirements hinder our ability to introduce innovative technologies and make needed improvements.Daniel C. Ustian, Chairman, President, and CEO of Navistar, Inc, co-host
Continuing the progress made at previous meetings, the chief executives discussed topics related to:
- adoption of a world-wide heavy-duty emissions certification procedure,
- harmonization of fuel specifications and regulations,
- fuel efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas reductions, and
- requirements for certification of heavy-duty hybrid vehicles.
Among the principles agreed to at the meeting regarding fuel efficiency regulations were:
- the need for uniform regional programs, coordinated internationally,
- common metrics based on work performed,
- cost effective and implementable programs that provide leadtime and stability, and
- programs that are compatible with the complexities of the heavy-duty marketplace.
In addition to the participation of the chief executives, the meeting brought together representatives of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), the Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA).