The American Trucking Association (ATA) recommends six strategies to reduce fuel consumption, in what the group says is the first industry-wide environmental sustainability program to combat global climate change.
The initiative, titled Trucks Deliver a Cleaner Tomorrow, includes a website detailing the recommendations. ATA says implementing them would eliminate the equivalent of CO2 generated by 9.6 million Americans for one year.
The six recommendations are:
1) Limiting speed governors on new trucks to a maximum of 68 miles per hour, and reducing the national speed limit to 65 mph for all vehicles.
2) Reducing idling.
3) Participating in the EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership Program.
4) Improving highways to reduce congestion, raising the fuel tax if necessary.
5) Using more productive truck combinations.
6) Supporting national fuel economy standards for trucks.
“ATA has committed itself to a series of measures that can reduce fuel consumption by 86 billion gallons and CO2 emissions by 900 million tons for all vehicles over the next 10 years,” said ATA president/CEO Bill Graves. “Our proposals are practical, reasonable, and doable. They make environmental sense, and they make common sense.”