This excerpt was originally posted on the John Deere, Straightforward Blog January 10, 2012. You can view the original post here.
The John Deere Emissions Hub turns 1-year old today, and what a year it’s been. We started this blog in January 2011 after many of our customers started telling us that they were concerned about how new emissions requirements would affect their business. We decided to launch a comprehensive online resource, the John Deere Emissions Hub, to provide useful and accurate information on topics such as the stringent Interim Tier 4 and Final Tier 4 off-highway emission standards, the postponement of changes to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), along with all of the new technological innovations being used to meet the standards and other local emissions requirements.
2012 will bring with it a new chapter in off-highway emissions regulations. EPA Interim Tier 4 and EU Stage III B emissions standards for engines 130 kW (174 hp) and below began this week. Interim Tier 4 (IT4) engines, with their new operation and maintenance essentials, are becoming increasingly common on jobsites. Additionally, the landscape of local emissions requirements affecting current machines is always changing. More than ever, equipment owners, operators and technicians are searching for answers. That’s why we’re here. So join the discussion going on this year at Emissions Hub, your resource for emissions issues and insights.
If you’re new to the conversation, start learning by getting familiar with new regulations and the new technologies being used to meet them. If you’re already up to speed, start talking! We have a great panel of experts who are always ready to answer questions from customers about how new emissions requirements will impact their business.
And don’t forget about all of the other ways to engage with John Deere in 2012. Connect with us on Twitter,Facebook and YouTube, or subscribe to the Emissions Hub blog by RSS for the latest information. Want to have your voice heard? Visit the SoundOff customer feedback forum and tell us what you want to see John Deere improve on the emissions front.