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Net-Zero Carbon recap: Impacts of regulations on trucking

Trucking industry largely favors national standards over state-by-state standards

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This fireside chat recap is from FreightWaves’ Net-Zero Carbon Summit.

FIRESIDE CHAT TOPIC: How regulations and environment impact trucking

DETAILS: Jim Ward and Thomas Wasson, enterprise trucking carrier expert at FreightWaves, discuss how regulations on nitrogen oxides (NOx) and other emissions impact the trucking industry. They also dive into how companies want to thoroughly test alternative fuels before switching over their fleets.

SPEAKER: Ward is president of the Truckload Carriers Association.

BIO: Ward was the president of transportation company D.M. Bowman Inc. for 22 years before his recent transition to TCA.


“I think it’s important that the industry continues to get credit for what we’ve done. The engine manufacturers and the trucking industry, since the 2010 emissions standards, NOx has been cut by approximately 30%.”

“As an industry, we certainly support a nationally recognized NOx standard, not a state-by-state standard. That is so difficult for us to be able to deal with.”

“We have to continue to encourage the Biden administration whether it’s EPA or [California Air Resources Board], that they work with the trucking industry and they work with the engine manufacturing.”

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Alyssa Sporrer

Alyssa is a staff writer at FreightWaves, covering sustainability news in the freight and supply chain industry, from low-carbon fuels to social sustainability, emissions & more. She graduated from Iowa State University with a double major in Marketing and Environmental Studies. She is passionate about all things environmental and enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing, ultimate frisbee, hiking, and soccer.