Yesterday Chevrolet announced that it would support IdleAir and its technology, which allows truckers to avoid idling during their rest breaks. Such initiatives by General Motors (GM) and other automakers can help the trucking industry reduce its overall carbon emissions. According to Chevy, the IdleAir technology is critical in meeting its goal to reduce 8 million tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

With Chevrolet’s help, IdleAir can further expand access to its engine-idling alternative. The way it works is that a driver pulls into an IdleAir space and installs a reusable plastic window adapter that accepts a unit connecting his or her cab to a heating and cooling air vent, TV, power outlets, internet and other features within the cab. The driver can then shut down the engine, saving fuel, reducing emissions yet keep power on for a big rig’s amenities. We may complain about trucking, but the industry is not going away anytime soon and is important to logistics and our economy.

With amped recycling efforts and new EVs, GM, and Detroit, is certainly on the move.

Learn more in this video, sent to me by Chevy.

[Image credit: GM]

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Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.