That weight is the equivalent of:
- 3 times the weight of Christ the Redeemer, the famous statue in Rio de Janeiro.
- 1/5 the weight of the Eiffel Tower.
- 11.5 times the weight of the average single family home.
- 17 times the weight of an adult blue whale.
- The weight of the CO2 produced by a MarineDiesel VGT350 engine over the course of its’ lifespan.
There is a lot of discussion in the media regarding CO2 as a greenhouse gas. CO2 is a product of the combustion process, and as such, is one of the emissions that cause environmental concern. Unfortunately, CO2 is extremely difficult to prevent or eliminate from emissions.
Diesel fuel is roughly comprised of 82.6% carbon. Since combustion requires air, oxygen is forced into the combustion chamber of the cylinder and it combines with carbon to form CO2.
CO2 is not regulated in the same manner as other emissions. Where required, carbon trading or other taxation schemes are used. However, this does not give engine makers a “free pass” regarding CO2. Efficiencies in turbocharging, electronic engine controls, and fuel efficiency also play a part in reducing carbon emissions. Scrubbing systems are becoming more compact and less expensive, and it will be several more years before the technology is applicable to smaller engines, but change will happen.
Given the fuel economy of Marinediesel’s VGT Series of engines, consumers are making a smaller carbon footprint by choosing the most efficient engine available in its’ class.