– In response to clean air standards implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), manufacturers of outdoor power equipment are now working toward producing cleaner, greener machines, according to Government Product News
and Government Procurement
For gasoline and diesel-powered mowers, stricter emissions standards, which include EPA Tier 4 for Nonroad Diesel Equipment
and EPA Phase 2 for Small Gasoline Equipment
, are pushing manufacturing innovation ahead, the story stated.
In terms of future regulations: "There''s nothing at the present time, but possibly additional reductions in emissions could be implemented," said Bill Harley, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute
(OPEI), which is a trade group based in Alexandria, Virginia, representing the $15 billion landscape, forestry, utility and lawn and garden equipment manufacturing industry.
According to the article, one grounds equipment manufacturer, Jacobsen
, a Textron Inc.
company, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is moving forward with several impressive green initiatives, such as offering battery electric-powered green mowers and hybrid-powered green mowers.