Global low emissions transport pledge
A corporate pledge to help 20 global cities address air quality and climate change could soon benefit ports.
Last year, engine designer, manufacturer and distributor Cummins joined three other global manufacturers pledging to make available sales and service for buses and bus engines with low emissions technology no later than 2018 in the target cities.
Nearly all of the cities benefitting from the partnership are in countries that do not have rigorous emissions regulations, therefore introducing the clean diesel initiative may encourage low emissions initiatives by ports and those companies working within them. Other companies making the pledge include Volvo Buses, Scania Buses and Coaches, and BYD Electric Buses.
In August, Cummins unveiled its all-electric, zero-emissions class-7 tractor for use in ports. The ‘Aeos’ electric commercial vehicle demonstrator was built by Roush and has a range of 100 miles on a single charge of its 140-kilowatt-hour (kWh) li-ion battery, extendable to 300 miles with the addition of a second battery pack.
The pledge is one of five steps the company took towards environmental sustainability in 2017, to help secure it a role of global responsibility.
The steps also include promoting low-carbon energy, establishing a water reduction goal, developing new ideas to reduce carbon footprints and implementing programmes to save energy at Cummins facilities.
The company is already promoting low carbon energy as part of its Environmental Gateway project, which last year heard 28 finalists pitch their best ideas for shrinking the company’s carbon footprint and meeting Cummins’ environmental goals.
Twelve winning ideas were selected and are now being tested in the U.K. The initiative has also spread to other locations around Cummins, including the US.
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