Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Statewide Distribution of 'Disel Idling Reduction Guidebook'(ST9257-1)

New York Planning Federation, Inc.


Idling is the continuous operation of a vehicle’s main drive engine while it is stopped. Idling is a common occurrence with personal automobiles, especially during stops at a traffic light. This type of idling is typically short in duration, and therefore has a minimal impact on air quality and fuel consumption. On the other hand, diesel trucks operate differently than automobiles. Diesel trucks, by their very nature, are designed to carry goods over long distances and may idle overnight or while waiting to load or unload. Truck movement of goods across our country is essential for our economy, and the diesel truck engine is one of the most efficient means to transport these goods. However, the transportation sector has its impacts on our energy independence, environment, and public health. Transportation accounts for almost two-thirds of all oil consumed in the United States and about one-third of total carbon dioxide emissions. Specifically, ground freight transportation consumes over 35 billion gallons of diesel fuel each year, creating over 350 million metric tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide annually.

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Project Description

The New York Planning Federation (NYPF) researched and developed a new diesel idling reduction guidebook designed as an educational resource for local officials. The guidebook shall be designed to help local officials understand the important benefits of diesel idling reduction and how to make changes to local planning and zoning to promote this goal. Proper planning and zoning can help assure that new and expanded truck stops, distribution centers, and other truck-intensive sites on public and private property are fitted with electrified parking.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that long duration idling consumes over one billion gallons of fuel annually, at a cost of over $2.5 billion. Further, truck idling emits, annually, 11 million tons of carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas), 180,000 tons of nitrogen oxides (precursor to ozone formation), 5,000 tons of fine particulate matter (likely carcinogen), and other harmful air toxics. Idling also increases engine operating costs and shortens engine service life. As for truck drivers, idling emissions have been found to leak into the truck cab, creating health and safety concerns for the driver. When trucks idle near residential neighborhoods, while at a private or public truck stop or distribution center, the pollution and noise levels raise serious quality of life concerns.

Project Results


New York Planning Federation, Inc.
279 River St Ste 302
Troy, NY 12180

Principle Investigator

Katherine Daniels

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Information Dissemination

Technologies Types:


NYSERDA Contact Information

Joseph Tario


R&D -Transport & Power Systems

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST9257-1

Last Updated: 6/28/2011