Environmental Impact


 

Delivering A Cleaner Tomorrow

Find out more about the environmental impact provided to by the trucking industry. From fuel consumption to emissions, see how the trucking industry in Nebraska is pushing towards better sustainability standards for the state.

%

of total transportation fuel consumed are from Trucks

Fuel consumption

 

  • Tractor-trailers used over 95.7 billion fewer gallons of fuel than passenger vehicles in the U.S.
  • Trucks used just 17% of the total transportation fuel consumed.
  • Fleets are choosing aerodynamic tractors, fuel efficient tires, idle reduction equipment, trailer skirts and tails, and some are switching to natural gas vehicles when practical.

Emissions

%

fewer particulate matter & nitrogen oxide emissions are produced by diesel truck engines

%

reduced sulfur emissions from diesel engines

  • Through advanced engine technology and fuel refinements, new diesel truck engines produce 98% fewer particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions than a similar engine manufactured prior to 1990.
  • Sulfur emissions from diesel engines have been reduced by 97% since 1999.
  • Modern technologies such as diesel particulate filters are reducing emissions to negligible levels.

Sustainability

million barrels of fuel have been saved

million metric tons of carbon dioxide have been eliminated

thousand tons of nitrogen oxide has been eliminated

thousand tons of particulate matter have been eliminated

The trucking industry is significantly reducing its carbon footprint through participation in the Environmental Protecion Agency’s SmartWay Transportation Partnership. Fleets participate to quantify and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Since the program’s launch,

  • 65 million barrels of fuel have been saved ($8.1 billion in fuel costs saved)
  • 28 million metric tons of carbon dioxide have been eliminated from the air
  • 478,000 tons of nitrogen oxide has been eliminated from the air
  • 22,000 tons of particulate matter have been eliminated from the air

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Economic Impact

Environmental Impact

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