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.

Product development

 2015 DAF introduces the extra quiet LF, CF and XF ‘Silent’ models. When the special 'Silent Mode' is activated the engine software switches to a program that limits torque and engine speed. Gears are changed at lower engine speeds and also thanks to the encapsulation of the gearbox noise level remains even below 72 dB(A). This enables the operator to load and unload goods in areas where evening, night-time or early morning noise restrictions apply.
 2014 DAF introduces the LF Aerobody, a 12-tonne distribution truck delivered ex-works with an aerodynamic superstructure. Combined with a specially developed set of spoilers and fenders, a significant saving on both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions can be realised in distribution transport applications.
 2013 DAF Trucks unveils its versatile Euro 6 LF and CF truck models and the new, innovative Euro 6 PACCAR MX-11 engine. The Euro 6 LF and CF are developed for maximum transport efficiency, market-leading low operating costs and optimum vehicle performance.
 2012 At the IAA Nutzfahrzeuge in Hannover, DAF introduces its new flagship Euro 6 XF model, one and a half years before the new Euro 6 legislation comes into effect. DAF design criteria deliver maximum transport efficiency, resulting in industry leading low operating cost and optimized vehicle performance. The Euro 6 DAF XF includes a new chassis, a fuel efficient Euro 6 PACCAR MX engine, an aerodynamic exterior design and a modern spacious interior.
 2012 Introduction of the PACCAR MX-13 engine. This engine already complies with Euro 6 emissions legislation which comes into force in the EU on 1 January 2014. The 12.9 litre Euro 6 PACCAR MX-13 engine uses ultra-modern common rail technology, a turbo with variable geometry and advanced controls for maximum efficiency. 
2010  DAF starts production of the LF Hybrid distribution truck. It is driven by the diesel engine, the electric engine or a combination of both. Through DAF hybrid technology savings in fuel consumption and therefore CO2 emissions of up to 20% can be achieved, depending on the application.
2010 Again DAF underlines its leading position in the field of engine development by being the first truck manufacturer to offer its complete engine range in ultra-clean EEV versions.
2008 The PACCAR MX engine is certified for EPA10, the severe emission requirements of the  Environmental Protection Agency in the USA.
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.
2006 At the IAA truck exhibition in Hannover, DAF presents a prototype of a hybrid truck, based on the LF distribution truck.
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 Completely new product range that complies with Euro 4 and Euro 5 emission requirements.
2005 Dow Energy Award for DAF Engine development in connection with the development of engines with low fuel consumption and low emissions.
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.
2002 DAF introduces sorting guides for recycling plastic parts.
2001 DAF develops the ’PIEK’ prototype quiet tractor with a maximum noise level of 65 dB(A).
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).
1999 DAF introduces engines that comply with the Euro 3 emission standard, long before the standard is implemented in 2001.
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.
1993 DAF introduces engines that comply with the Euro 2 emission standard, three years before it comes into force.
1992 DAF is the first truck manufacturer to introduce engines that comply with the Euro 1 emission standard.
1989 DAF is the first truck manufacturer to introduce vehicles with a maximum noise output of 80dB(A).
1985 The introduction of Advanced Turbo Intercooling for even fewer emissions and lower fuel consumption.
1973 DAF is the first truck manufacturer to apply intercooling for a higher output, fewer emissions and lower fuel consumption.
1958 DAF is one of the first truck manufacturers to use turbo pressure filling for better engine performance with lower fuel consumption.


2017 In Eindhoven, two low noise and energy saving compressors have been installed in the Boiler House. This results in a reduction of noise emission and energy use.
2016 In Westerlo, a new environmental permit for the new Cab Paint Shop has been received. This Paint Shop will be the most ecological paint shop for truck cabs in the world.
2016 In Westerlo, a number of energy saving projects has been realized. In the Body Plant, the roof has been renovated and an old compressed air compressor and a boiler have been replaced by new energy saving equipment. In the Trimming, a new air handling unit is placed enabling heat recovery.
2016 In Eindhoven, the installation of liquid tight floors continues for machines in the Engine Plant, the Tool Shop and the Hardening Shop. These floors reduce the risk of soil pollution. Also preparations are made for the execution of soil remediation in the Sheet Metal Component Plant.
2016 DAF financially contributes to new asphalting with low noise asphalt of the road “Geldropseweg” in Eindhoven. This resulted in an expansion of the noise limits for the premises in Eindhoven/Geldrop in the Development Plan.
2016 In Eindhoven, two gas fueled ovens in the Hardening Shop are replaced by electrical ovens. This results in a reduction of CO2 emission on the location.
2016 On all locations of DAF in the Netherlands (Eindhoven, Geldrop, Sint Oedenrode), green power (with Guaranties of Origin) is supplied.
2015 In Westerlo, the construction of a new Cab Paint Shop has started, which will ultimately result in a significant reduction of hydrocarbon emission.
2015 In Eindhoven, 5 boilers of the Central Boiler House are replaced by 4 new ones. The new boilers emit less NOx and use 10% less gas. The emission of CO2 is linked with gas consumption directly, so also the CO2 emission will be reduced with 10%. This contributes to the PACCAR environmental objective to realize a reduction of 15% CO2 per unit of revenue in 2020.
2015 In Eindhoven, dunnage was reduced by more use of returnable pool packaging. At the Sheet Metal Component Plant, several Six Sigma projects result in a significant reduction of metal waste. 
2015 In Westerlo, a closed system for recirculation of cooling water is realized. This results in a reduction of consumption of drinking water.
2015  As part of the Energy Policy Agreement, heat recovery on the air compress is realized. This results in a further reduction of energy consumption and contributes to the PACCAR environmental objective to realize a reduction of 15% COper unit of revenue in 2020. 
2015 In Eindhoven, 8 of 12 test cells of the Engine Test Centre have been replaced by generators. This contributes to the PACCAR environmental objective to realize a reduction of 15% CO2 per unit of revenue in 2020.
2013-2016 In Eindhoven, LPG forklift trucks are replaced by electrical forklift trucks, resulting in a further reduction of CO2 emission on site.
2013 In the Eindhoven, the new PACCAR Parts Distribution Centre becomes operational. Compared to the building it replace, electricity consumption is reduced by 50%, and natural gas consumption by no less than 90%.
2012-2013 In Westerlo, the waste water treatment of the Cab Paint Shop has been improved significantly. This results in large saving of fresh (washing) water consumption and cleaner waste water.
2012 In the Engine Plant in Eindhoven, a “Dissolved Air Flotation Unit” is placed for separation of the waste fluid of machining installations into water and solid particles. This method results in cleaner waste water and less waste.
2011-2014 In Eindhoven en Westerlo, all (infrastructural) cooling units, still using cooling liquid R22, are replaced. Refilling of this cooling liquid is banned per 2015, because it can deteriorate the ozone layer in case of leakage.
2010-2014 In Eindhoven, impervious floors are realized on more than 60 locations.
2010 In Eindhoven and Westerlo, the consumption of energy is reduced with 12% per truck in comparison with 2009.
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'.
In Eindhoven, participation in CO2 Emission trading system and verification of data by an external verification body.
As of 2008 Since 1 January Green Energy is used at the test circuit in Sint-Oedenrode (NL).
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.
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.
2005-2013 In Eindhoven, participation in NOx Emission trading system and verification of data by an external verification body.
2005 A further reduction in (particle) dust emissions and a reduction in heat loss through the use of modern ’closed loop’ filter systems.
2004 Use of liquid-tight facilities for minimising the risk of soil pollution.
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.
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.
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.
1999 Test remediation of soil contamination in Eindhoven by stimulating biological breakdown.
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.
1997 Switch to water based paints in the paint shops for the chassis side members
1995 Opening of new chassis paint shop for the use of water based paints.
1994 Switch to high-solid paints in various paint shops. These paints have a lower percentage of solvents, resulting in reduced solvent emissions.
1994 Phased soil remediation in Eindhoven.
1990 Cool water recirculation systems for use in engine test cells etc.
1975 Waste water treatment in various production processes.
1970 Energy saving through insulation of buildings and heating control systems.

In Eindhoven and Westerlo, the consumption of energy is reduced with 12% per truck in comparison with 2009.
Opening of new chassis paint shop for the use of water based paints.

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