GO is a voluntary diesel engine retrofit and replacement initiative aimed at reducing emissions coming from privately-owned large road (rigs) serving The Port of Virginia. The programme, which began in 2007, helps truck owners – individuals and firms – securing financing to either upgrade the emissions systems of older trucks or completely replace the unit.
“We are committed to improving the air quality at our facilities and this programme is part of a larger overall environmental commitment we’ve made to this community,” said Heather Wood, VPA’s environmental affairs director. “GO has been embraced by the trucking community and we’re flattered to have been recognised on a national level.”
Since its inception GO will have been responsible for retrofitting or replacing 350 trucks by the end of 2011, removing 20% of total air emissions (carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, sulphur dioxide and particulate matter) generated by diesel trucks serving the port.