Ring Power Is Your Guide to Understanding EPA Tier 4 Emissions Regulations
Ring Power always strives to keep our customers informed and up to date with the latest information pertaining to you. That’s why we’ve launched a brand new website explaining the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4 emissions regulations and what it means for you, the business owners, customers and hard workers. Ring Power wants to help educate our heavy construction equipment and power systems customers on this detailed new regulation so that they can be informed to make the best business decisions possible. It is always our goal to serve you. Please read for more information on Tier 4 below and then visit our new website at http://emissions.catdealer.com/ringpower.
The United States and European Union (EU) are implementing significant regulations that mandate the lowest emitting non-road equipment in history. Canada and Japan are expected to release similar regulatory programs yet this year. These regulations, which are known as U.S. Tier 4 // EU Stage IIIB/IV, will result in non-road equipment approaching near-zero emissions of particulate matter (PM) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx).
Transition to these standards is challenging for non-road equipment manufacturers. For Caterpillar alone, hundreds of complex products with unique and challenging application spectrums must be re-engineered to accommodate the lower emitting engines being developed to meet these standards.
Regulators recognize the challenge and the difficulty non-road equipment manufacturers would face if they had to introduce all of their new lower emitting products on one particular date. To address these transition challenges, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has allowed for implementation of the upcoming emission standards in two phases: Tier 4 Interim and Tier 4 Final. Tier 4 Interim is effective 1 Jan 2011 for 130-560 kW non-road engines and 1 Jan 2012 for 56-130 kW non-road engines. Tier 4 Final emission standards apply after the 2014 model year. The EU’s Stage IIIB and Stage IV emissions levels and regulatory dates are essentially the same as EPA’s.
In addition, under its Transition Program for Equipment Manufacturers ("TPEM," which is commonly known as the "flex" program), EPA also allows equipment manufacturers to continue to introduce equipment powered with engines meeting prior Tier emission requirements for a certain limited percentage of their overall production volumes during the Tier 4 timeframe. The EU also has a "flex" transition program, as well as a unique "sell off" program, both of which allow equipment manufacturers to continue selling prior Tier machines in order to allow for a smooth transition to the more stringent EU emission standards. These transitional programs are calculated into the environmental benefits regulators forecast when developing these programs.
Caterpillar has a robust Tier 4 introduction plan, which is structured to transition from Tier 3 to Tier 4 products in a smooth and orderly fashion utilizing a variety of the transitional tools provided in the regulations in order to maximize value to you, our customers.
Please visit our new website to learn more about Tier 4 at http://emissions.catdealer.com/ringpower . The emissions education website also has contact information for Tier 4 Specialists at http://emissions.catdealer.com/ringpower/contact-us .