Diesel Fuel And The Environment

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Many people think of diesel fuel and the type of fuel used to power engines like tractor trailers, boats, construction equipment and a select few types of cars.  D2 diesel is a specific type of diesel that is most widely used in North America to transport goods.  D2 diesel is more powerful and less flammable than other types of diesel, improving efficiency and safety at the same time.

One of the common concerns about d2 diesel and diesel fuel in general is its effect on the environment.  Governments and other organizations have really stepped up the effort on environmental issues, and diesel is right in the midst of the discussion.

Early Issues

Diesel fuel is heavier than gasoline, and in the 1970s during the oil crisis, that fact was plain to see.  Diesel fuel used in cars resulted in those cars being covered in soot.  Naturally, seeing results like that gave diesel a bad name in environmental circles, even though diesel fuel sends out lower amounts of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons than gasoline. 


As time went by, improvements were made as the demand for diesel continued to rise.  Over the last few decades, fuels like d2 diesel have been made more environmentally friendly by researchers.  Some of those improvements include direct injection devices, CRT particulate filters and catalytic converters.  The result is cleaner fuel and fewer emissions across the board.

With so many improvements and cleaner fuel, diesel fuel will eventually gain a new reputation and more people will seek it out as a desirable fuel source.  For most people, if d2 diesel works in their vehicle, is comparable in price and is better for the environment, that is what they will use. 


Diesel fuel has always has a couple of natural environmental advantages over regular gasoline.  One is that diesel engines get better mileage and diesel fuel needs less refining that regular gas.  The fact that using more diesel offsets the need for more gasoline also means that the energy that would be used in the extra refining is saved. 

Sulphur Regulations

Another environmental aspect about diesel fuel has to do with the Sulphur in Diesel Fuel Regulations that Environment Canada have set down.  This law sets maximum limits for sulphur in diesel fuel in several different types of vessels and engines.  Effective testing methods have also been adopted so that all diesel engines can keep their sulphur emissions to a minimum.

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