Voluntary Mobile Emissions Reductions Program (VMEP)
The Voluntary Mobile Emissions Reduction Program (VMEP) is a voluntary control strategy under Texas’ State Implementation Plan (SIP). This page provides information and downloadable documents about this control strategy.
Areas affected: Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (HGB), Dallas-Fort-Worth (DFW)
Start date: N/A
End date: None
Applicability Period: Year-round
Source type: On-road mobile source, Off-road mobile source
Emissions targeted: Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Description: The Voluntary Mobile Emissions Reduction Program includes a number of voluntary measures aimed at reducing emissions from motor vehicles beyond the mandated reductions. Some include alternative fuels, employee trip reduction, public education, ozone-season fare reduction, sustainable development, non-road ozone-season reductions, tier II locomotive engines, off-road heavy duty diesel engine retrofits, and vehicle retirement and maintenance.
The VMEP is voluntary and implemented largely at the local level; therefore, no rules have been written by the TCEQ for this measure.
|Appendix F.7—Documentation of VMEPs, HGB Mid-Course Review SIP Dec 2004||Dec 1, 2004||HGAC report detailing the 2007 VMEP benefits for the eight-county HGA area|
|App. K—HGAC Documentation of VMEPs
HGB SIP Dec 2000
|Dec 6, 2000||Appendix in the HGB SIP that describes the current VMEP measures for the HGB area|
|DFW SIP Apr 2000||Apr 19, 2000||Current DFW-area VMEPs are described on pages 6-14 to 6-38 of this SIP|
Some VMEP strategies have involved forming agreements between the TCEQ and entities voluntarily committing to reductions attributable to the VMEP program. The following agreements are available for download:
|HGB Railroad Program||Dec 2000|
|HGB Area Tugboat and Towing Vessel Program||June 2001||N/A|
|HGB TxDOT Ferries||May 2002||N/A|
Air Quality Division, TCEQ