Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) said yesterday that it is the first truck maker to complete Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greenhouse gas 2014 (GHG14) certification for its entire model-year 2013 lineup.

The certification indicates that DTNA’s vehicles, led by its flagship Freightliner Cascadia, meets the first stage of the multi-step effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve fuel efficiency on commercial vehicles between 2014 and 2018 one year ahead of the schedule set forth by EPA and the Dept. of Transportation.

“DTNA is committed to working with EPA and NHTSA to address critical issues facing the United States such as greenhouse gas reduction, as well as dependence on foreign oil,” said Martin Daum, president & CEO, DTNA. “Early compliance with GHG14 regulations is clear evidence of DTNA’s strategic plan to demonstrate leadership in fuel efficiency and reduced emissions well in advance of any regulatory deadlines.”

Under the GHG14 regulations, trucks and buses built in 2014 through 2018 are projected to reduce oil consumption by 530 million barrels and greenhouse gas emissions by 270 million metric tons.

“Through early certification to this new standard, we continue to exemplify our position as undisputed market leader,” said Mark Lampert, senior vice president of sales and marketing, DTNA. “This achievement is unmatched in the commercial vehicle industry, and we are proud to be pacing the industry in technologies that not only reduce greenhouse emissions, but also improve fuel economy for our customers.”

Freightliner’s trucks use BlueTec emissions technologies to meet EPA 2010 emissions standards and utilize the Detroit DD line of engines under the new Detroit brand, which is part of a global strategy to introduce a broad range of powertrain components.

For a detailed look at the new standards, click here.