DAF Trucks Limited

DAF's environmental achievements

Limiting the impact on the environment


In the past, DAF Trucks has devoted a lot of effort to limiting the impact its products and business processes have on the environment. Of course, the company will continue to come up with initiatives in the future for environmentally-friendly product development and manufacturing, economical and reduced-maintenance trucks and material re-use.

1958

DAF is one of the first truck manufacturers to use turbo pressure filling for better engine performance with lower fuel consumption.

       
1973

DAF is the first truck manufacturer to apply intercooling for a higher output, fewer emissions and lower fuel consumption.

1985

The introduction of Advanced Turbo Intercooling for even fewer emissions and lower fuel consumption.

1989

DAF is the first truck manufacturer to introduce vehicles with a maximum noise output of 80dB(A).

1992

DAF is the first truck manufacturer to introduce engines that comply with the Euro 1 emission standard.

1993

DAF introduces engines that comply with the Euro 2 emission standard, three years before it comes into force.

1995

The introduction of EcoDesign. This is the method used by DAF early on in the development stage to look for specific solutions that are not only good for the environment but also improve truck efficiency.

1999

DAF introduces engines that comply with the Euro 3 emission standard, long before the standard is implemented in 2001.

2001

The introduction of the ’4 Eco-points’ truck for transport in and across Austria (4.1 g/kWh NOx instead of 5.0 g/kWh for Euro 3).

2001

DAF develops the ’PIEK’ prototype quiet tractor with a maximum noise level of 65 dB(A).

2002

DAF introduces the redesigned XF95 with ’green options’ such as the AS Tronic automated gearbox (less fuel consumption) and disc brakes (less maintenance).

2002

DAF introduces sorting guides for recycling plastic parts.

2004

At the IAA in Hanover, DAF announces the PACCAR MX engine that already complies with the Euro 4 and Euro 5 emission requirements, which will not be enforced until 2006 and 2009 respectively.

2005

Dow Energy Award for DAF Engine development in connection with the development of engines with low fuel consumption and low emissions.

2006

Completely new product range that complies with Euro 4 and Euro 5 emission requirements.

2006

DAF announces the production of clean EEV (Enhanced Environmentally friendly Vehicles) engines. These engines will have even lower exhaust-gas emission values than those stipulated by the stringent Euro 5 standard coming into force in 2009.

2006

At the IAA truck exhibition in Hannover, DAF presents a prototype of a hybrid truck, based on the LF distribution truck.

2007

DAF starts production of ultra clean EEV-engines (Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicles) for use in buses and coaches. By combining the DAF SCR Technology with a passive soot filer, a significant reduction is realised in the emission of particulate matter, resulting in values that were previously only thought possible with liquid gas engines.

2008

DAF is the first truck manufacturer that can deliver all its models in an ultra-clean EEV version. Some LF45 distribution vehicles realise the low EEV emission values even without a soot filter.

1970

Energy saving through insulation of buildings and heating control systems.

1975

Waste water treatment in various production processes.

      

1990

Cool water recirculation systems for use in engine test cells etc.

1994

Phased soil remediation in Eindhoven.

1994

Switch to high-solid paints in various paint shops. These paints have a lower percentage of solvents, resulting in reduced solvent emissions.

1995

Opening of new chassis paint shop for the use of water based paints.

1997

Switch to water based paints in the paint shops for the chassis side members.

As of 1999

In 1999, the new engine paint shop is commissioned in Eindhoven, for low emission painting. As of 2002, low emission paints are also used in the chassis paint shop.

1999

Test remediation of soil contamination in Eindhoven by stimulating biological breakdown.

As of 2000

Reduction in heavy metal discharge in Eindhoven: as a result of chromium-free passivation in the side-members paints shop (2000) and the components paint shop (2005); the waste water from DAF in Eindhoven no longer contains any chromium.

2000

New axle paint shop in Westerlo, in which low emission paints are used.

As of 2000

Removal of remaining underground tanks at DAF’s engine factory in Eindhoven and the test circuit in Sint Oedenrode. These tanks were replaced with above-ground tanks for storing diesel oil, engine oil, spent oil and domestic fuel oil.

As of 2002

The implementation of various large-scale energy-saving measures, such as the commissioning of energy-saving test cells in the engine factory, the insulation of various buildings and the demolition of a few old buildings. In addition, the reduction in the temperature of the hot water systems leads to considerable energy savings.

2003

In Eindhoven, the use of drinking water is drastically reduced by using canal water for the cooling processes. In Westerlo, the use of drinking water is reduced by fitting valves to the machines in the axle factory.

2004

Use of liquid-tight facilities for minimising the risk of soil pollution.

2005

A further reduction in (particle) dust emissions and a reduction in heat loss through the use of modern ’closed loop’ filter systems.

2007

In order to further reduce chemical waste, central cooling liquid cleaning is applied in the Engine Plant, thereby making the annual replacement of cooling emulsion superfluous. For the treatment of the cooling emulsion advanced ultra filtration technologies are used as well.

2007

Instead of the usual truck industry norm of using water brakes, in the test cells of DAF's new engine test facilities, use is made of electrical engine brakes, which can also function as dynamos. These brakes can deliver up to twenty per cent of the total electricity requirement of DAF in Eindhoven.

As of
2008

Since 1 January Green Energy is used at the test circuit in Sint-Oedenrode (NL).

2008

As of October 1st, waste to landfill has been reduced to zero. All waste is recycled, used as raw material or building material or used for the generation of energy through incineration. This applies for all production facilities in both Eindhoven and Westerlo. In the end of January 2009, DAF Trucks N.V. receives the official statement from Lloyd’s Register Netherlands that it has achieved 'Zero Waste to Landfill'.