US EPA administrator touts new fuel standards, efficiency

07 March 2014 00:16  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--New US emission standards will slash billions of tonnes of carbon pollution by 2025 and will double the distance Americans can drive on a gallon of gasoline, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Thursday.

"It wasn't just a win for the planet; it was a win for everybody's pocketbooks, because the American family will end up saving $8,000 at the pump over the life of those cars," Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator, said during a keynote address at IHS CERAWeek 2014.

Previous fuel and emission standards have not been a hindrance to the automobile industry, she said. She pointed out that in 2011, the US exported 33% more cars than in 2009.

"And that's a clear sign of a healthy industry," McCarthy said.

The Tier 3 fuel standards aim to reduce sulphur levels in gasoline to 10 parts per million (ppm) from 30 ppm. In effect in 2017, the standards will coincide with emission control technologies in vehicles due in model year 2017.

The combination of fuel and efficiency standards should reduce carbon pollution from vehicles in the US by 6bn tonnes by 2025, she said.

"That is the amount that we emitted across the US entirely in 2010," McCarthy said.

IHS CERAWeek continues through Friday in Houston.

By: Jessie Waldheim

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