Diesel Exhaust and Climate Change
Diesel exhaust includes over 40 substances that are listed by the U.S EPA as hazardous air pollutants and by the California Air Resources Board as toxic air contaminants. Diesel exhaust can trigger immediate respiratory distress, especially in children, the elderly and those with asthma, COPD, emphysema, and other chronic lung and heart conditions.
Diesel engines emit significant amounts of black carbon, a short-lived climate pollutant that is contributing significantly to global climate change.
In addition to black carbon emissions, diesel engines emit CO2 during combustion. Those emissions of CO2 form a significant portion of the 14 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions caused by transportation.
Climate change - caused by emissions of carbon dioxide, black carbon, and other climate pollutants - represents a profound threat to air quality, public health, natural weather and agricultural systems, water supplies, national and local economies, and worldwide land mass.
Signing the Statement
Signers of this Statement of Purpose (SOP) pledge to adopt policies to reduce all emissions from diesel engines within their communities to zero by December 31, 2033.
The Bay Area Air District recently assessed currently available options for replacing diesel combustion vehicles and equipment with zero-emission technologies.