NGVAmerica & American Gas Association Statement on EPA/NHTSA Phase 2 Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Trucks

News Release August 19, 2016

Washington, DC Today, Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) and the American Gas Association (AGA) issued the following statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) adoption of the Phase 2 standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

“NGVAmerica worked closely with EPA and NHTSA over the past three years to ensure that the strong benefits of natural gas vehicles were reflected in developing a final rule,” said NGVAmerica President Matthew Godlewski. “Cleaner trucks are the goal, and I am confident that natural gas will continue to play a strong role in greening America’s heavy-duty fleet under this rulemaking.”

“EPA and NHTSA have worked hard to weigh a variety of important concerns with the final rulemaking,” said Dave McCurdy, President and CEO of the American Gas Association. “It appears that they have found a balanced approach that supports continued opportunities to use more natural gas to meet our country’s transportation needs.”

The agencies say the Phase 2 standards will promote new and advanced vehicle technologies to create a new generation of more fuel-efficient trucks. The rule is expected to lower CO2 emissions by approximately 1.1 billion metric tons and save about $170 billion in fuel cost savings.

The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 76 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 95 percent — more than 73 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets more than thirty percent of the United States' energy needs.