Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (FL-25) spoke before Congress last week and gave remarks in support of real-time emissions monitoring (see here for the full hearing).

Congresswoman Wasserman-Schultz, a proponent of real-time emissions monitoring technology, recently reinforced what we have always believed at SailPlan — that real-time emissions monitoring technology can benefit industry and the environment. During a Congressional Hearing last week, she spoke about the legislative language she’s submitting to encourage the Army Corps of Engineers to implement technology like SailPlan’s. Here’s her testimony:

“To meet the Biden Administration’s ambitious goals for reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, it is imperative that we adopt a comprehensive approach. One effective lever within reach is the optimization of fuel efficiency in the Corps’ existing vehicle fleet. And we don’t need to invest billions in new boats and vessels to achieve this.

By incorporating real-time emissions’ measurements, and recommending operational and technical efficiency improvements, we can achieve substantial cost savings for American taxpayers, while also contributing to environmental conservation.

I propose that we include language in this WRDA encouraging the Corps to consider investing in this new technology and to brief Congress on potential opportunities to leverage this technology in the future.”

– Congresswoman Wasserman-Schultz before the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Hearing on Proposals for a Water Resources Development Act of 2024: Members’ Day Hearing (Jan 11, 2024).

Here’s why we think she is right:

Fuel consumption is both a limiting factor and a large cost for the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps). Fuel is used for various consequential activities, including electricity for communications and fuel to run the vessel. Generally, fuel efficiency is not the first priority during operations, but there are times when fuel efficiency can be prioritized. Burning fuel more efficiently reduces costs, lowers sensitivity to fuel prices, and results in less time spent refueling.

Fuel efficiency increases can be realized by optimization, which is a key strategy to make the vessel more efficient. There is a new technology that uses real-time measurements of emissions to recommend real-time operational and technical efficiency improvements, saving the Corps money on fuel and maintenance costs.

SailPlan’s real-time emissions monitoring technology is available to reduce fuel consumption by directly measuring greenhouse gas emissions in real-time. The greenhouse gas emissions give direct recommendations on how to optimize vessel operations. This technology is a hardware/software solution that connects Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) to optimization software. The technology provides real-time measured emissions, optimization strategies, recommendations, and streamlined emissions reporting.