Initiative 41: Anti-Idling Programs

Anti-Idling Programs
Description: Programs to reduce the pollution caused by idling truck engines. The most popular anti-idling technologies are fuel-operated coolant heaters, auxiliary power units, and truck stop electrification.
Targeted mode: Large Trucks Geographic scope: City, Area
Type of initiative: Logistical Management: Last Mile Delivery Practices/Anti-idling programs Primary objective: Reduce environmental impacts
Expected costs and level of effort to implement: Anti-idling programs will play a more critical role as gas prices and environmental awareness increase. The main costs may be anti-idling technologies and environmental awareness campaigns. The success of these strategies, however, depends on an integrated consideration of regulations, technologies, financial incentives, public education, and an effective coordination between all involved stakeholders.

  • Reduce fuel consumption
  • Environmental sustainability

  • Difficult to implement broadly
  • Require high/moderate capital investments

  • All six states in New England (US) have anti-idling regulations: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2013)
  • Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department 2011)

Sources: (Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department, 2011; Holguín-Veras et al., 2013e)

Sources: Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department 2011

Related alternatives: 1. Engine-Related Restrictions; 2. Low Emission Zones; 3. Driver Training Programs
References: Perrot et al. 2004; Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department 2011; PIARC 2011; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2013

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