A Personal Journey: Reflecting on the Evolution of Air Quality and the Eco Fuel Movement


As I reflect on my childhood in Los Angeles over four decades ago, memories of smog alerts and limited outdoor activities flood my mind. It was a time when the city’s skyline was often obscured by a thick layer of pollution, and the mountains seemed like a distant dream, even when they were just a stone’s throw away. However, today’s California paints a different picture. While smog still lingers, the progress made in improving air quality is undeniable. It is in this context that I find myself deeply engaged in leadership surrounding the eco fuel movement.

Personal Perspective:

I remember the days when smog choked the city streets, impacting our daily lives. As a young student, outdoor physical education classes were a rarity due to the poor air quality. The air was heavy with pollutants, and the sight of mountains through the haze was a luxury only experienced on clearer days. It was disheartening to witness the environmental degradation and the toll it took on our health and well-being.

The Impact of Smog on the Great Lakes Region:

While my personal experience relates to Los Angeles, the impact of smog extends beyond this city. The Great Lakes region, a vital ecosystem and home to millions of people, has also been significantly affected by air pollution. The industrial activities and shipping operations in the region contribute to the emission of pollutants, including black carbon and particulate matter. The consequences of air pollution in the Great Lakes region are far-reaching, affecting the health of residents, agricultural practices, and the delicate balance of the environment.

Air Pollution’s Toll on People, Agriculture, and the Environment:

The presence of smog and airborne pollutants in the Great Lakes region has detrimental effects on the health of its inhabitants. High levels of particulate matter and black carbon can contribute to respiratory illnesses, cardiovascular problems, and other health complications. Additionally, air pollution can impact agricultural practices, leading to reduced crop yields and diminished soil quality. The environmental consequences are equally concerning, as pollution negatively affects the region’s diverse ecosystems, including its aquatic life and fragile habitats.

Addressing Air Pollution in Shipping:

Recognizing the role of ships in the production of air pollution, it becomes crucial to seek eco-friendly solutions for the maritime industry. Steele Environmental, the North American distributor of SulNOx products and a leading advocate for sustainability, is actively involved in promoting eco-friendly practices in shipping operations. Their commitment to environmental stewardship aligns with the goals of the eco fuel movement. Collaborating with partners like SulNOx, they are at the forefront of driving positive change.

Results of SulNOxEcoTM Fuel Conditioner Trials:

Trials of SulNOxEcoTM Fuel Conditioner, conducted by independent engine emissions monitoring specialist Green Sea Guard B.V. (GSG) onboard the superyacht Yalla, have yielded remarkable results. Over a one-year program, reductions in black carbon and particulate matter emissions of over 99% were observed. These findings provide valuable insights into the potential of eco fuel solutions to mitigate air pollution in the maritime industry.

As CEO of Steele Environmental, I find these extraordinary test results serve as a significant proof point for our customers who are committed to managing ESG and regulatory compliance requirements on a global scale. They reinforce the effectiveness of eco fuel solutions in driving positive change.

The Path Towards a Sustainable Future:

As we grapple with the devastating consequences of air pollution on human health, agriculture, and the environment, the eco fuel movement emerges as a beacon of hope. It represents a collective effort to find sustainable alternatives that reduce emissions and protect our planet. By embracing technologies like SulNOxEcoTM Fuel Conditioner, ship operators in the Great Lakes region and beyond can make meaningful progress in reducing air pollution and minimizing their ecological footprint.


Looking back on my childhood experiences, I am heartened by the progress we have made in improving air quality. The eco fuel movement, with its focus on sustainable practices and innovative solutions, offers hope for a brighter and cleaner future. It is a testament to the power of collaboration and conscious decision-making. Let us continue to support initiatives that prioritize environmental sustainability, as together, we can create a lasting legacy of cleaner air and a healthier planet for future generations.

Source: Steele Environmental


Jeff Cohen, COO, Steele Environmental, LLC
Larry Parsons, CEO, Steele Environmental, LLC

CGLR’s business and sustainability network programming is supported by the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation.

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