Construction work relies on diesel equipment for the power to get jobs done that are too large for humans to do. However, the diesel emissions that come out of this heavy-duty equipment can significantly impact the health and well-being of the people working on the construction site and living near it.
While new federal regulations about “clean” diesel engine apply to newly manufactured equipment, the average lifespan of heavy equipment is 30 years – so there are many older, pollution producing vehicles still being used every day. The Clean Construction project, sponsored by the EPA, give owners and operators of heavy equipment strategies and ideas for reducing diesel emissions from old machines. Materials describing affordable solutions for environmentally-friendly uses of heavy equipment such as idle reduction, not only help to reduce diesel emissions but they also help owners to save money.
Increasingly, large-scale commercial and residential projects are requiring clean diesel specifications and use as part of necessary contracts for doing business. Construction firms that utilize clean diesel practices find themselves in a better position when competing for Green Building contracts.
WasteCare Wants You to Remember: If your business uses heavy equipment of diesel-power vehicles, take a few moments to learn about the ways to “clean” up your operation. It can help to environment and your bottom line!