Press Release: Thursday, December 6, 2018

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Grants to Reduce Diesel Emissions

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Grants to Reduce Diesel Emissions

Funding for units to cut diesel emissions at warehouses, markets and distribution centers

The Baker-Polito Administration today announced $184,000 in grants for diesel emission reduction technology projects. The grants, awarded under the MassCleanDiesel: Clean Markets Program, will fund 20 new electric transportation refrigeration units (eTRUs) that will cut harmful diesel emissions and result in cleaner air for employees and residents working and living near wholesale markets, distribution centers and warehouses in eight communities across the Commonwealth.

“Massachusetts continues to be a leader in the advancement of emission reduction technologies that protect the air quality in communities across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The funding awarded under the Clean Markets Program will allow for the deployment of technology to businesses in targeted pollution-impacted areas in an effort to reduce pollutants and preserve environmental integrity.”

The grants issued by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) will support the installation of 20 new eTRUs at several locations, including the Boston Meat Market, Wilson Farm in Everett, Intershell International in Gloucester and the Produce Connection in Wakefield. Installed on the outside of stationary storage trailers to cool the perishable contents inside, the eTRUs replace diesel-fueled TRUs, which grant recipients are required to scrap. The electric units completely eliminate diesel emissions from those refrigerated trailers at participating sites.

“The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to working with communities and businesses to reduce air pollution from all sources,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Through the Clean Markets Program, critical steps are taken to preserve natural resources while improving air quality across the Commonwealth.”

The installation of the 20 eTRUs is projected to reduce annual emissions of nitrogen oxide by nearly seven tons, particulate matter by almost three tons, hydrocarbons by nearly one ton, carbon monoxide by seven tons, and carbon dioxide by more than 812 tons. Since 2006, more than 2,100 diesel school buses, 23 municipal construction engines, 203 waste collection vehicles, 11 hybrid diesel trucks, 23 private long-haul trucks, and 262 state-owned highway vehicles have been retrofitted with or received pollution-control technologies funded through the MassCleanDiesel grant programs.

“Our MassCleanDiesel programs continue to make a difference in cities and towns across the state, reducing diesel emissions from the transportation and refrigeration sectors and improving the quality of life for all,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg, adding that the Clean Markets Program is MassDEP’s 15th grant program to reduce emissions from diesel engines.

The four companies receiving eTRUs are:

  • C-J&J Leasing Corp. (sites in Boston, Hyde Park, Lynn, Agawam and Hyannis) – $119,542.80 for 13 eTRUs;
  • Wilson Farm, Incorporated (Everett) – $9,195.60 for one eTRU;
  • Intershell International, Incorporated (Gloucester) – $9,195.60 for one eTRU; and
  • The Produce Connection (Wakefield) – $45,978 for five eTRUs. 

“Protecting our environment and taking proactive steps to address climate change remain priorities for me as a legislator,” said State Representative Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose). “I am pleased to see these funds empower a great local Wakefield business to procure more efficient equipment. Programs like this demonstrate that together government and business can be partners in addressing major environmental challenges, one step at a time.”

“The Side Kim facility in Lynn is known for its socially conscious business model of providing healthy food options to customers and now will add environmentally conscious to their reputation with the acceptance of this grant,” said State Representative Daniel Cahill (D-Lynn). “I am grateful for MassDEP’s recognition of Sid Kim’s dedication to its employees and environmental impact and believe this grant will lead to further improvements in both areas.”

“I’d like to thank the Baker-Polito Administration for their help in obtaining these MassDEP grants,” said State Representative Donald Wong (R-Saugus). “The installation of the equipment used for the purpose of reducing harmful diesel emissions from the environment will help to provide clean air for our communities.”

The eTRUs, to be installed by Thermo King NE of Saugus and Power Products Systems, LLC of Wakefield, are funded with $183,912 awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the national Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The Clean Markets Programfunds 40 percent of the cost to purchase and install the eTRUs.

For more information on MassCleanDiesel programs, turn here.