Transportation produces the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The medium- and heavy-duty sector, in particular, is a significant source of criteria air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and fine particulates, which disproportionately and adversely impact the health of people living in communities of color across the country. Diesel pollution from trucks and buses is responsible for high rates of respiratory illness, heart disease, and premature deaths in communities that are harmed by discriminatory transportation and zoning practices; proximity to high traffic roadways and trucking routes; and being the repositories for transportation depots and goods movement facilities.
Eliminating tailpipe emissions from the medium- and heavy-duty sector is crucial to improving air quality and the health of communities overburdened by transportation pollution. As the Environmental Protection Agency embarks on updating the heavy-duty nitrogen oxides and Phase 2 greenhouse gas standards, and as states adopt advanced clean truck rules, this is a critical moment to realize mandatory emission reductions in environmental justice communities and chart an equitable path forward in the transition to zero-emissions medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by 2035.
Join us at 1:00 PM EST on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 for an online panel discussion about ways to address racial inequities and achieve emission reductions in environmental justice communities while ensuring community members meaningfully participate in and benefit from the transition to zero-emission technologies. RSVP here.