Diesel is largely on the way out. Its initial reputation as a fuel that would help reduce carbon dioxide emissions has been hit by a realisation of real-world emission levels and the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal that saw 11 million diesel models recalled.
There is also increasing alarm over the health impacts of air pollution, which led to 6.5 million premature deaths in 2015, according to a major report by medical journal The Lancet. Subsequently, the list of cities and countries bringing in varieties of diesel bans has started to run long, from Mexico to Britain to China, and many others.
On 3rd July 2018, China’s State Council published a new three-year plan to curb air pollution by 2020. The country’s last major plan, released in September 2013, saw Beijing for example, cut its PM2.5 levels by 35%. Other cities and provinces also hit their targets, including China’s three biggest city clusters (Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, and the Pearl and Yangtze deltas). But no Chinese city yet meets the tougher World Health Organisation targets and Chinese environmental officials are looking abroad for effective solutions.
After a long-running dialogue, Dearman recently hosted an official delegation from Chengdu, a western Chinese city that is forecast to become one of the world’s 100 richest cities by 2025. The Dearman transport refrigeration units (TRUs) are the world’s first to overcome the big four environmental downsides of diesel TRUs – noise, waste heat, greenhouse gases, exhaust emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) and setting new industry performance standards for temperature control and emissions with a cost-effective clean alternative.
Dearman CEO Scott Mac Meekin:
“With a growing climate for alternatives to diesel, there is an increasing demand for affordable, zero-emission solutions like Dearman’s. We stand ready to help fleet operators, in particular, get ahead of the curve and transition to clean technologies.”