Environmental Leadership

Reducing the environmental impact of our activities and products is an integral part of our process of continuous improvement. Our commitment to the environment is demonstrated in our energy efficient operations and technologically advanced products.

PACCAR’s global industrial leadership includes addressing the environmental challenges facing our own and future generations. PACCAR’s environmental management system and policy are designed to focus on the reduction of the environmental impacts of the company’s activities, products and services. A key premise of PACCAR’s environmental policy can be stated simply: It is more environmentally prudent and cost effective to identify a problem before it occurs, than to correct or clean it up afterwards.

The following principles are used to implement PACCAR’s environmental policy:

  • Commitment to full compliance with environmental laws.
  • Development and implementation of prudent practices in company facilities around the globe that often go beyond regulatory compliance.
  • Comprehensive industry leadership in policy, procedure, training programs and operation audits at all company facilities.
  • Commitment to continual improvement.
  • Prevent pollution by continued evaluation of our industrial processes and procedures.
  • Proactively seek new information and training in order to create, initiate and advance new ideas and approaches to manage environmental exposures before they are mandated by regulations.


PACCAR is committed to environmental responsibility in the vehicle production process. Finding ways to reduce waste, reuse materials, conserve energy and reduce the environmental impact of our activities occurs daily in both small and significant ways across the Company. PACCAR is driving clean manufacturing into every aspect of its business because it helps the environment and makes good long-term business sense.

PACCAR discloses greenhouse gas emissions and energy usage per unit of revenue. This normalizes the data for fluctuations in our business that occur due to industry cyclicality.

From 2013 to 2019, PACCAR reduced greenhouse gas emissions 38% on a per revenue basis as shown below:


PACCAR has disclosed greenhouse gas emissions through CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) since 2014. In 2020, PACCAR achieved an A- score from CDP, placing in the top 15% of over 9,500 companies reporting and demonstrating a robust approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF vehicles and from our global facilities. PACCAR has earned an “A” or “A-” rating for six consecutive years. CDP has aligned its questionnaires with the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures’ (TCFD) recommendations. Therefore, PACCAR’s CDP disclosures are consistent with TCFD’s recommendations. PACCAR’s CDP report is publicly available on the CDP website (https://www.cdp.net/en/PACCAR).

PACCAR announced that it will establish new emissions reduction targets in partnership with the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). SBTi works with more than 1,000 companies worldwide to create a clearly defined path to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with the goal to help limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. PACCAR is listed as a participating company at SBTi’s website (https://sciencebasedtargets.org/companies-taking-action).

From 2013 to 2019, PACCAR reduced its energy usage 32% on a per revenue basis as shown below:


PACCAR’s hazardous air emissions have been reduced by over 200 tonnes per year in paint and other processes. The new state-of-the-art DAF Westerlo and Kenworth Chillicothe Cab Paint facilities will reduce hazardous waste emissions even further.

PACCAR has focused on responsible environmental stewardship since its founding in 1905. Over 90 percent of PACCAR manufacturing locations are ISO 14001 certified and more than 80% are zero-waste-to-landfill.

Innovative Products

A key element of PACCAR's environmental strategy is to offer our customers commercial vehicles that reduce environmental impacts. The company invests in technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions such as highly fuel efficient diesel engines, natural gas and biofuel engines, as well as next generation electric, hybrid, and hydrogen fuel cell powertrains. To develop these industry-leading products and technologies, PACCAR makes significant research and development and capital investments every year.

PACCAR’s commitment to making the highest quality, most sustainable vehicles begins with product design. Our engineers use “Design for Environment” or Eco Design software to identify non-hazardous, lighter weight materials while improving overall vehicle recyclability.

DAF LF Electric, CF Electric and CF Hybrid Trucks

PACCAR’s Zero Emission Trucks

PACCAR's research and development efforts include several demonstration and development projects for Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF vehicles, including battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell, and hybrid technologies. More than 60 of these vehicles in customer field testing have accumulated more than 500,000 miles, which helps PACCAR understand the economics and customer usage of these technologies, and inform future production vehicles.

Peterbilt and Kenworth are collaborating with supplier partners, environmental regulators and port authorities to develop trucks to meet potential new requirements for zero emissions port logistics. Kenworth partnered with Toyota Motor North America to develop zero emissions Kenworth T680 trucks powered by Toyota hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrains.

Peterbilt has developed a battery electric Peterbilt 579EV for port and regional haul applications. Peterbilt has designed a battery electric 520EV truck for the refuse segment. The truck’s 100-mile range and quiet operation is an excellent solution for residential neighborhood refuse operations.

PACCAR Alternative Powertrain Trucks

The zero-emissions Peterbilt 220EV and Kenworth K270E cabover trucks have a range between 100 and 200 miles. These trucks are designed for use in a variety of applications including local pickup and delivery and short regional haul operations.

DAF has developed battery electric DAF CF and DAF LF trucks, which offer zero emissions and ultra-low noise for heavy- and medium-duty urban distribution and refuse applications. The DAF CF Electric was named Green Truck Logistics Solution 2019, a prestigious award for the deployment of emerging technologies in Europe. The DAF LF Electric is a medium-duty truck with a modular battery pack that can be scaled to the range required by customers.

Electric DAF CF Truck

The DAF CF Hybrid has been developed for driving with zero emissions in urban areas, while offering a much longer range to operate beyond those urban areas, thanks to the efficient PACCAR MX-11 engine. The combination of electric and diesel power ensures the highest logistical efficiency.

PACCAR is currently taking customer orders for the Kenworth K270E and T680E, Peterbilt 579EV, 220EV and 520EV, and the DAF CF Electric. Production will begin in the second quarter of 2021.

Peterbilt 579EV and Kenworth T680 Fuel Cell Trucks Ascend Pikes Peak

Low Carbon and Renewable Fuels

PACCAR is the market leader for natural gas heavy-duty vehicles. Based on the latest information from the research firm R.L. Polk, Kenworth and Peterbilt achieved market share of nearly 50% of compressed natural gas heavy-duty vehicle registrations in the U.S. and Canada in 2020.

PACCAR’s MX 13 and MX 11 engines are certified to use B10/B20/B30 and XTL biofuels in Europe and B20 biofuel in the U.S. Biofuel capable unit sales represent 45% of PACCAR's total global truck sales.

PACCAR Engine Factory, Columbus, Mississippi

Advanced Vehicles

PACCAR is participating in the Department of Energy’s SuperTruck II program, with ambitious goals to achieve 100% improvement in freight efficiency and 55% improvement in engine brake efficiency, improve fuel economy, reduce costs and reduce emissions.

DAF’s model year 2018 XF and CF models were honored as International Truck of the Year. These trucks are equipped with highly efficient PACCAR MX engines, a new compact after- treatment system, and sophisticated software and aerodynamic optimization, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 7% compared with previous models.

Peterbilt and Kenworth recently introduced enhancements to the Peterbilt 579 EPIQ and the Kenworth T680 Advantage trucks, which reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 8% over previous models. Enhancements included the PACCAR Powertrain, lower weight, predictive cruise control and a redesigned power distribution system.

Model year 2020 Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF trucks reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions up to 14% compared to 2014 models.


PACCAR also innovates with platooning technology to provide customers and communities with more efficient freight transport with reduced emissions. DAF Trucks has been a leader in truck platooning since early 2015 with the launch of the EcoTwin project. Platooning enables trucks to drive in close formation, leading to reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of up to 10%, and improved traffic flow. The advanced driver assistance systems used in platooning are expected to enhance road safety. DAF test drivers have driven truck platoons tens of thousands of miles on both public roads and on test tracks. In its latest platooning project, DAF is partnering with the United Kingdom Transport Research Laboratory, along with TNO, Ricardo, and DHL in truck-platooning trials in the United Kingdom.

Platooning DAF XF Trucks


Remanufacturing is the industrial process of returning a previously used component to “like- new” condition. Remanufacturing helps the environment by reducing waste. PACCAR’s aftermarket parts division sells remanufactured engines and many other remanufactured components.

Connected Trucks and Driver Training

The DAF Connect fleet management system gives fleet customers real-time information on vehicle and driver performance including fuel consumption, fleet utilization, idle time and route optimization. This information enables customers to improve fleet operating efficiency and reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

PACCAR has introduced technologies that train drivers to operate vehicles more efficiently. Kenworth and Peterbilt’s Driver Performance Assistant offers interactive in-dash coaching to drivers to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. DAF’s EcoDrive Training enhances driver efficiency, resulting in up to 5% reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from every properly trained driver.