Why the environment cannot wait for an electric future

Climate experts agree that time is of the essence. We must make “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes” to limit global warming by 2030 or the results could be irreversible, according to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

In the transportation sector, however, much of the current focus is on electric vehicles. EVs do hold a lot of promise, but in many applications, such as commercial trucking, the technology cannot meet current performance and financial requirements. The result is that fleets are continuing to run on petroleum diesel and delaying carbon reduction strategies.

They don’t need to. There are clean fuels that work in existing diesel vehicles with no modifications required, such as biodiesel and renewable diesel. Not only do they work, but they also offer significantly lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than petroleum diesel.