A Branch of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division

Emissions and Control Strategies

Georgia Diesel Emission Reduction Program (GaDER)

The Georgia Retrofit Program began as a pilot program designed to provide funding assistance that helps school systems in the 20-county metro Atlanta non-attainment area to reduce emissions from their school bus fleets. With almost 3000 school buses retrofitted to date, this program has been expanded to cover the state of Georgia. Environmental Protection Division (EPD) staff continue to apply for grant funding to help school systems, public and private companies to retrofit their buses and vehicle fleets.

Solutions include the full array of clean transportation options.  This may include improving efficiency, using clean alternative fuels and/or retrofitting to incorporate new clean technologies.

Railroads play a critical role in making freight movement efficient and clean; however, older locomotives typically found in rail yards can adversely impact localized air quality. EPD is partnering with the rail industry to reduce localized impacts through modernization efforts. New locomotive technology is much more efficient and cleaner.