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Diesel Exhaust Fluid’s Significant Impact on Emissions Reduction


2010’s introduction of Phase 1 of the EPA’s updated emission standards ushered in new regulations that require diesel powered trucks to reduce their impact on the environment. To operate lawfully and efficiently, the trucking industry has chosen to rely heavily on Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology, which works in conjunction with a mixture of urea and deionized water called Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to eliminate harmful chemicals in diesel vehicles’ exhaust.

This year’s DEF Forum in San Antonio shed some light on the large role DEF plays in the trucking industry’s compliance in emissions laws.
  • DEF use has grown significantly in the last 8 years.
  • By the end of 2017, 720 million gallons of DEF will be sold in the United States alone, which is 119 million more gallons than was sold in 2016.
  • By 2018, it is projected that DEF sales will climb another 80 million gallons to more than 800 million gallons sold throughout the year.
  • Phase 2 of the EPA’s emissions reduction requirements, which aims to further reduce emissions by 1 billion metric tons of CO² for trucks manufactured between 2021-2027, is anticipated to require the use of higher levels of DEF fluid resulting in another large increase in sales of the product.
  • With diesel powered vehicles making up 95% of medium and heavy-duty truck fleets, the use of SCR technology and Diesel Exhaust Fluid will almost certainly continue to climb.
While using DEF easily reduces emissions and increases fuel economy, it’s important to remember that not just any Diesel Exhaust Fluid will suffice. Bad or outdated DEF can cause major damage to your vehicle resulting in downtime and costly repairs.
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