MNR Announces Funding of $ 320,000 to Reduce Diesel Engine Emissions | New
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting applications for projects that reduce diesel emissions and improve air quality and human health in Wisconsin until January 7, 2022.
Approximately $ 320,000 is available to fund Wisconsin-based projects designed to reduce emissions from qualifying public and private diesel-powered vehicle fleets.
The funding is backed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which began providing subsidies for clean diesel in 2008 under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, a subsidy program created by Congress in the under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to reduce emissions from aging diesel engines.
The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act subsidy program helps improve Wisconsin’s air quality by reducing emissions that contribute to fine particulate matter, ozone, and carbon monoxide levels.
Environmental impact of diesel engines
Aging diesel engines produce more pollution than newer engines and are a source of carbon dioxide emissions, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Clean diesel subsidy programs such as the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act have reduced carbon dioxide emissions in Wisconsin by more than 625,000 tonnes over the life of these programs.
DNR efforts like this help move towards Executive Decrees # 38 and # 52 from Governor Tony Evers, which focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting innovation in clean energy and developing strategies to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.
Developing and adopting strategies that reduce dependence on fossil fuels and use low-carbon fuels and efficient new technologies are also essential for the Evers government’s climate change task force. In addition to improving air quality, upgrading or replacing diesel equipment helps vehicle owners reduce operating costs by increasing fuel efficiency.
“The DNR continues to participate in this subsidy program due to the very beneficial results such as the encouragement of diesel operators to implement emission reduction strategies to improve the air quality of our state while preserving the public health and reducing fuel consumption, ”said Gail Good, director of air management at DNR. .
Benefits of Clean Diesel Subsidy Programs
Wisconsin benefits significantly from pollution reduction, health cost savings, and local economic incentives from clean diesel subsidy programs such as the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act. In Wisconsin, these programs have updated or replaced more than 5,200 pieces of diesel equipment. During their lifetime, projects funded by these grant programs:
Reduce diesel emissions by more than 625,000 tonnes.
Save over 54 million gallons of diesel fuel.
In addition, results in savings of $ 284 million in healthcare costs.
How to Apply for Clean Diesel Grants
Visit the MNR Clean Diesel Grant Programs webpage for more information and to access grant application documents. The deadline for submitting grant applications is January 7, 2022 at 5 p.m.
Equipment and vehicles eligible for funding include school and transit buses as well as off-road engines, equipment and vehicles used in construction, cargo handling and agriculture. Eligible recipients include private, nonprofit, and public entities that own or operate diesel fleets and equipment in Wisconsin.