March 4, 2011
This excerpt was originally posted on the John Deere, Straightforward Blog January 20, 2011. You can view the original post here.
Earlier this month, we examined how emission tiers for new diesel engines and equipment came to be, which has brought us to Interim Tier 4 (IT4). But the responsibility to comply with IT4 falls on equipment manufacturers, not users. So, what emission requirements do you need to meet? The following is an overview of our top strategies for evaluating your local emissions landscape and creating a plan for success.
1. Understand Emissions Requirements – Contractors, if you haven’t done so already, visit your local dealer for an assessment. Your dealer can help you understand the current regulations and those that may be on the horizon, along with non-regulatory trends that can impact your business from an emissions standpoint.
2. Know Your Options – Your dealer can explain the options for meeting emissions requirements that best fit your business needs. Review your fleet on a machine-by-machine basis, identifying equipment with Tier 0, 1, 2, 3, or Interim Tier 4 engines. With this information, there are a variety of technological and other solutions your dealer can provide you with, such as new and used equipment replacement, retrofit, repowering and rental. In addition, there may be government funding available to help offset any costs of meeting these requirements. Your dealer can help identify these funding opportunities.
3. Think Beyond Iron – Consider new technologies and how they may play a role now and in the future. For example, some regions have restrictions on the amount of time a machine may idle. Larger contractors have been able to use telematics to efficiently monitor idle times across their entire fleet of machines. They can then take corrective action where needed to avoid potential fines for non-compliance. These systems promise to help make proper maintenance of IT4 machines easier, too.