Old World Industries, the maker of BlueDEF diesel exhaust fluid in North America, has reaffirmed its commitment to cleaner, more fuel-efficient diesel power.
“At a time when the environment is at a crucial tipping point, it is more important than ever to find ways to reduce emissions and develop cleaner energy solutions,” the company stated in a news release.
Diesel-powered heavy-duty trucks, such as tractor trailers, buses and waste disposal trucks, accounted for 12.5 percent of all atmospheric emissions and 25 percent of all fuel consumption in the U.S. in 2013. Diesel-powered passenger vehicles, farm vehicles, construction equipment, locomotives and marine shipping increase those percentages significantly, according to Old World Industries. BlueDEF and the diesel industry have made major strides to reduce or eliminate pollution in this vital sector over the past several years, meeting or surpassing the standards of the EPA.
BlueDEF works through a system called selective catalytic reduction, or SCR, which requires diesel exhaust fluid to function. SCR is one of the most cost-effective and fuel-efficient solutions available to reduce emissions for diesel engines, reducing harmful nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 90 percent. In addition, BlueDEF and SCR technology reduce carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon emissions by 50 to 90 percent and particulate matter by 30 to 50 percent; 67 percent of BlueDEF-equipped vehicles also see increases in fuel economy and engine reliability as well, with fuel mileage improvements ranging from 3 to 5 percent, according to the company.