Propane Education & Research Council, National Clean Diesel Campaign: Partners for Clean Air at Upco

September 2010 News, Exhaust

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) will help "celebrate 10 years of cleaner air through the National Clean Diesel Campaign" when it takes part in the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Diesel 10 conference on October 19 and 20 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington.

Registrants at Clean Diesel 10 will include clean air directors from across the country, government policy makers, environmental project leaders, and industry leaders who will plan clean air strategies, discuss existing and new technologies, and work toward clean air sustainability. PERC is a sponsor of the event, will take part in presentations, and will exhibit the latest products of its autogas research and development, safety, and training programs.

Propane autogas, in use in vehicles since 1913, is a well-established, readily available transportation fuel. It offers lower greenhouse gas emissions than diesel and gasoline and can help users contain costs and meet stringent environmental regulations.

A wide range of propane autogas vehicles are available now, including trucks, vans, shuttles, and school buses. Federal and state organizations offer various rebates and incentives for purchasing propane autogas vehicles or converting vehicles to propane, and a 50-cent-per-gallon alternative fuel tax credit is available for fleet vehicles. In the off-road sector, propane fuels forklifts and commercial mowers, among other products.

"We congratulate the National Clean Diesel Campaign for its effort and progress to help clean our air, and we are pleased to sponsor this event," said Brian Feehan, vice president of PERC, who will make a presentation during a panel discussion on state and local leaders working with communities. "Propane autogas is already helping Americans reduce their impact on the environment, and it stands ready to do more."

The mission of the National Clean Diesel Campaign is to work with fleet operators, manufacturers, air quality professionals, environmental organizations, and state and local officials to reduce diesel emissions. According to the EPA, every dollar spent on clean diesel projects produces public health benefits worth up to $13. The EPA recommends emission reduction strategies, including installing retrofit devices and using cleaner fuels such as clean diesel and propane autogas.

To register or for more information on the conference, visit
www.cleandiesel10.com. For more information on PERC and its programs, including research on the environmental impact of propane autogas, visit www.autogasusa.org.

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