Idle Reduction Basics for Fleets
• What Is Idling?
• What Vehicles Idle?
• Some Idling Is Difficult To Avoid
• Much Idling...
What Is Idling?
When a vehicle is running for nonpropulsion
purposes, it is idling.
Examples
• Trucks idling while in queu...
What Vehicles Idle?
Light Duty
• Passenger vehicles including
taxis, police cruisers, and some
light trucks
Medium Duty
• ...
Some Idling Is Difficult To Avoid
Running emergency lights and
other auxiliaries
• Emergency vehicles, utility vehicles
Po...
Most Idling Is Wasteful
Waiting in queue
• Delivery trucks, transit buses and
motor coaches, shuttle buses,
taxis
Engine w...
Why Care About Idling?
While many individual episodes are small,
the cumulative impacts of idling are large!
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Why Care About Idling?
Idling Is Expensive.
8
Idling Is Expensive
• Idling a car wastes up to 0.5 gallons of fuel per hour.
• Idling a medium-duty truck wastes 0.4 to 0...
Idling Is Expensive
Scenario: Fleet of 10 medium-duty trucks
If each truck has ten 10-minute idling
episodes per workday, ...
Why Care About Idling?
Idling Pollutes.
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Idling Pollutes
• Each gallon of fuel burned produces about 20 pounds of
carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.
• Nationally, 2...
Idling Threatens Health
• The most significant health impacts of transportation
stem from tailpipe emissions.
• Particulat...
Why Care About Idling?
Laws and Fines
14
Laws and Fines
15
Clean Cities /
What Can YOU Do?
3Steps to Idling Reduction
You Can . . .
Step 1: Be AWARE
Reducing idling saves money and protects the
air.
• Turn off vehicles when not moving.
• Se...
You Can . . .
Step 2: EDUCATE Drivers
Inform your drivers about idling reduction.
• Adopt an idling reduction policy
• Hos...
You Can . . .
Step 3: CONSIDER Technology
Options to support your idling reduction efforts
• Engine idle management system...
IdleBox Can Help!
Clean Cities tools are available to you
• Idling reduction cost savings calculators
• Slide presentation...
Clean Cities /
Idling Reduction
Thank you
Anthony Maietta
EPA Region 5
maietta.anthony@epa.gov
312-353-8777
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Tony Maietta, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, gave an overview of the basics of idling and the effects it has on our environment, health, and economy.

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  1. 1. Idle Reduction Basics for Fleets • What Is Idling? • What Vehicles Idle? • Some Idling Is Difficult To Avoid • Much Idling Is Wasteful • Why Care About Idling? • What Can YOU Do? • IdleBox Can Help!
  2. 2. What Is Idling? When a vehicle is running for nonpropulsion purposes, it is idling. Examples • Trucks idling while in queue • Vehicles waiting to load/unload passengers or goods, including: • Delivery trucks • Shuttle buses • Taxis 3
  3. 3. What Vehicles Idle? Light Duty • Passenger vehicles including taxis, police cruisers, and some light trucks Medium Duty • Utility vehicles, delivery trucks, shuttle buses, and ambulances Heavy Duty • Long-haul trucks, tour buses, school buses 4
  4. 4. Some Idling Is Difficult To Avoid Running emergency lights and other auxiliaries • Emergency vehicles, utility vehicles Powering HVAC • All vehicle types, for operator and passenger comfort in extreme weather Performing nonpropulsion (PTO) work • Bucket trucks, sewer-line maintenance trucks, wood chippers 5
  5. 5. Most Idling Is Wasteful Waiting in queue • Delivery trucks, transit buses and motor coaches, shuttle buses, taxis Engine warming • Today’s vehicles warm up faster by being driven than idling Sitting in vehicle • During lunch breaks, to complete paperwork, to make phone calls 6
  6. 6. Why Care About Idling? While many individual episodes are small, the cumulative impacts of idling are large! 7
  7. 7. Why Care About Idling? Idling Is Expensive. 8
  8. 8. Idling Is Expensive • Idling a car wastes up to 0.5 gallons of fuel per hour. • Idling a medium-duty truck wastes 0.4 to 0.6 gallons of fuel per hour. • Idling in the U.S. uses more than 6 billion gallons of fuel at a cost of more than $20 billion EACH YEAR. • Engine idling increases vehicle maintenance costs. • Engine idling can shorten vehicle life. 9
  9. 9. Idling Is Expensive Scenario: Fleet of 10 medium-duty trucks If each truck has ten 10-minute idling episodes per workday, using ~0.5 gal/hr1, and fuel costs $3.50/gallon, the annual cost of idled fuel for the fleet is ~$7,550. 10
  10. 10. Why Care About Idling? Idling Pollutes. 11
  11. 11. Idling Pollutes • Each gallon of fuel burned produces about 20 pounds of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. • Nationally, 27% of greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation. • Pollution from motor vehicles contributes to the formation of ground-level ozone. 12
  12. 12. Idling Threatens Health • The most significant health impacts of transportation stem from tailpipe emissions. • Particulate matter irritates the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs, contributing to respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses and even premature death. • Ozone can inflame and damage the airways and aggravate lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis. 13
  13. 13. Why Care About Idling? Laws and Fines 14
  14. 14. Laws and Fines 15
  15. 15. Clean Cities / What Can YOU Do? 3Steps to Idling Reduction
  16. 16. You Can . . . Step 1: Be AWARE Reducing idling saves money and protects the air. • Turn off vehicles when not moving. • Set policy to reduce unnecessary idling. • Identify nonvehicle solutions when possible. • Consider alternative power sources to provide necessary services. 17
  17. 17. You Can . . . Step 2: EDUCATE Drivers Inform your drivers about idling reduction. • Adopt an idling reduction policy • Host an idling reduction workshop for drivers • Post signs to remind drivers NOT to idle • Ask drivers to make a pledge to idling reduction • Offer incentives/rewards for idling reduction efforts 18
  18. 18. You Can . . . Step 3: CONSIDER Technology Options to support your idling reduction efforts • Engine idle management systems • Heaters for cab and/or engine block • Auxiliary power systems • Electrified parking spaces • http://epa.gov/cleandiesel/technologies/operations.htm • http://www.cleanairwisconsin.org/cleandiesel/ 19
  19. 19. IdleBox Can Help! Clean Cities tools are available to you • Idling reduction cost savings calculators • Slide presentation on idling reduction • Presentation modules on technology solutions • Fact sheets, signage, and poster templates • Pledge forms and policy templates • Funding resources for idling reduction technologies 20
  20. 20. Clean Cities / Idling Reduction Thank you Anthony Maietta EPA Region 5 maietta.anthony@epa.gov 312-353-8777
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