State and Local Climate and Energy Program
Development of a Freight Efficiency Outreach Center
North Central Texas Council of Governments, Texas
Federal Funding: $486,767
Project Timeline: February 2011 - October 2014
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has opened its Freight Efficiency Outreach Center (FEOC), which aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and other air pollutant emissions from the trucking industry. NCTCOG selected Cascade Sierra Solutions (CSS) as a sub-grantee to build, staff, manage, operate, and own the facility. CSS is a non-profit organization based in Oregon that promotes fuel efficiency and emission reduction initiatives for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Operations moved into the FEOC’s new location in April 2013 and held a grand opening in late May. The Center Manager has identified a network of contacts in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas areas, and CSS is continuing to conduct training sessions for staff on GHG emission reductions and safety procedures. NCTCOG is also developing a “before” video of the site for a video series on the project and its expected benefits. Upcoming work includes hosting trainings and workshops, editing the video of the site for the project, and helping other interested jurisdictions replicate the project.
Reducing Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases through Improved Freight Efficiency
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) recently launched the FEOC to reduce GHG emissions and air pollution from the trucking industry in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. NCTCOG serves sixteen counties around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro area, nine of which do not meet federal ozone standards under the 1997 8-hour national ambient air quality standards. The region is crisscrossed by numerous interstates, resulting in heavy freight traffic. Heavy-duty vehicles contribute approximately 19% of all transportation-based GHG emissions nationwide and have a significant impact on air quality in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The FEOC will showcase new low-emission, high efficiency vehicles and advanced retrofit technologies, as well as provide financial and technical assistance. The Center will function as a “one stop shop” for companies and drivers to learn about and begin implementation of emission-reducing best practices and technologies. NCTCOG estimates that the Outreach Center has the potential to impact approximately 250 trucks in its first year by assisting in the purchase of newer trucks, repowering older engines, and encouraging upgrades with SmartWay technologies and other emission-reducing retrofits.
NCTCOG will work with many stakeholders, including local governments, trucking fleets and owner-operators, freight activity centers (i.e. distribution centers, inland ports, etc.), industry associations, technology manufacturers, and the communities which are most heavily impacted by freight traffic. These residential communities are often exposed to high levels of toxic diesel emissions and will directly benefit from reduced diesel emissions.
Creation of this Outreach Center will lead to greater industry awareness of the impacts of heavy-duty freight traffic and new technologies and best practices that can increase heavy-duty fuel efficiency, reduce GHG emissions and fuel use, and improve regional air quality throughout North Central Texas.
With this center, NCTCOG will seek to expand upon the success of outreach centers which have been established along the Interstate-5 corridor in Washington, Oregon, and California and establish a similar model of outreach, education, financial assistance, and implementation to a new freight-intensive region. Once established, this facility could be replicated across the country in other major freight activity centers.
|Population||Approximately 6.26 million|
|Area||12,370 square miles (16-county area)|
|Median Household Income||$46,044 (Dallas County, 2009)|
|Reported Results (as of June 2013)||Projected Cumulative Results|
|Annual GHG Reductions||n/a||2,780 mt CO2e|
|Annual Cost Savings||n/a||$969,861|
|Annual Diesel Use Reduction||n/a||277,102 gallons|