Can you reduce idling? Yes, with these technologies and strategies
|Don't underestimate the power you have in this effort. One person can reduce their own contribution to the negative effects of idling and that immediately helps everyone who shares the environment with you. That is a powerful statement to the impact of this problem. Imagine if everyone could keep in mind that their own emissions are controllable and reducible. The world would be greener immediately. Understandably changing one's behavior overnight, or over the course of years can be difficult. That is why improving technologies and strategies that can help us comply is so important. By having "green" technology working with us, its virtually automatic to do what's best for everyone. If people feel their area needs it, enforceable standards can be applied as well, helping us all to breathe easier.
Industry recognized Idle Reducing technologies
Battery Powered Systems:
Vehicle systems that provide heating, cooling, or other specialized services and are powered by batteries instead of idling.
This type of system monitors vehicle systems and can automatically shutdown and restart a vehicle.
Fuel Operated Heaters:
Independent units powered with vehicle fuel to provide vehicle heat instead of idling.
Auxiliary Power Unit or Generator Set:
Systems that create additional power for a vehicle instead of idling.
Units that are built into a parking space and equipped vehicles can take advantage of instead of idling.
Successful Global Idling Reduction Initiatives
Europe and Canada:
No idle and idle reduction programs
In Europe today idling is forbidden
Canada is moving more and more towards a no idling position
Between 2003 & 2005 Canada instated a successful Heavy Truck rebate program to stimulate use and sales of anti-idling devices
• A truck or fleet received up to $350.00 - $1400.00 per truck for adding and using approved anti-idling devices
• This program has resulted in significant reductions of fuel and GHG's
In 2005 Toronto instated and is enforcing a 3 minute idling law
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Argonne National Laboratory
American Transportation Research Institute
U.S. Department of Energy