• Transportation Research Board

      TRB 98th Annual Meeting

      January 13–17, 2019

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2019

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Workshop 145

Decarbonizing Transportation for a Sustainable Future: Mitigating Impacts of the Changing Climate

Sunday 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM
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Steven Cliff, California Air Resources Board (CARB), presiding
Simon Edwards, Ricardo, presiding
Sponsored by:
Committee on European-U.S. Transportation Research Symposia--Symposium #5: Climate Change Mitigation (A0099E)
Standing Committee on Transportation and Sustainability (ADD40)
Standing Committee on International Cooperation (A0010)

The fifth annual U.S.–EU Transportation Research Symposium in May 2017, “Decarbonizing Transport for a Sustainable Future: Mitigating Impacts of the Changing Climate,” built on the concept of bilateral transportation research to mitigate the causes of climate change from the transportation sector. The findings of the symposium will be released at this workshop, and conversations and key elements will be highlighted.



Mitigating GHG emissions is essential to prevent catastrophic climate change.  The recent Paris Agreement re-affirmed the long-standing view of nations, communities and scientists that it is critical to keep the increase well below 2˚C to preserve the socioeconomic conditions of current civilization.  The current trajectory of global emissions will increase average global temperature beyond the 2˚C goal.  Reductions in GHG of at least 80% to 90% by the United States and European Union by 2050 are necessary to constrain the increase in global average temperature to less than 2˚ C.  Therefore, additional mitigation actions, defined as “human intervention to reduce the sources or enhance the sinks of greenhouse gases,” will be necessary. 

 

Within this cross-sectoral objective, the fifth symposium discussed the importance of mitigating transportation’s large and growing share of anthropogenic GHG emissions as a critical contribution to moderating the dangerous impacts of climate change.  The 50 invited experts of the symposium were asked to consider these issues within four conversation areas:

1.      Megaregions: policy, research, practice

2.      Decarbonizing Logistics and Long Distance Freight Movements

3.      Influencing Policy Environment Factors on Climate Change Mitigation Strategies

4.      Enabling System Changes to Mitigate GHG Emissions.

The findings of the symposium will be released at this workshop, and conversations and key elements will be highlighted.

Agenda:

 

Opening Remarks and Overview of EU-US Partnership:

Mr. Neil J. Pedersen, Executive Director, Transportation Research Board, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Mr. Robert Missen, Head of Unit, Policy Coordination and Security, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission

 

Facilitators:

Dr. Steven S. Cliff, Deputy Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board

Dr. Simon Edwards, Global Director Technology, Ricardo

 

Impacts of Transportation on the Environment:

Dr. Jennifer Jacobs, Director of the Infrastructure and Climate Network, University of New Hampshire

 

Presentations:

 

White Paper: Decarbonizing Transportation for a Sustainable Future: Mitigating Impacts of the Changing Climate

Dr. David L. Greene, Research Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Senior Fellow, Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dr. Graham Parkhurst, Professor, Sustainable Mobility, and Director, Centre for Transport and Society, University of the West of England, Bristol

 

Discussion Topics:

The need for system changes in order to mitigate GHG emissions from the transport sector, what factors enable transition?

Mr. Daniel Kreeger, Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers

Ms. Malin Andersson, Head, Department of Development and International Affairs, Urban Transport Administration, City of Göteborg

 

The influence of policy environment factors on climate change mitigation strategies in the transport sector

Mr. Timothy Sexton, Section Director, Office of Environmental Stewardship, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Mr. Oliver Lah, Head of Research Unit Mobility and International Cooperation, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

 

Megaregions: policy, research, practice

Capt. Ray F. Toll, USN (Ret.), Director, Coastal Resilience Research, Office of Research, Old Dominion University

Dr. Delia Dimitriu, Research Fellow, Centre for Aviation, Transport, and the Environment, Manchester Metropolitan University

 

Decarbonizing the Logistics and Long Distance Transportation of Freight

Dr. Steven S. Cliff, Deputy Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board

Dr. Simon Edwards, Global Director Technology, Ricardo

 

Introduction of the topic for the 6th EU-US Transportation Research Symposium:

Socioeconomic Impacts of Connected and Automated Vehicles

Dr. Kevin Womack, Director, Office of Research, Development and Technology, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology



Title Presentation Number
Introduction to the EU-US Symposium Series
Robert Missen, European Commission
Neil Pedersen, Transportation Research Board
P18-22064
Opening Presentation: Impacts of Climate Change
Jennifer M Jacobs, University of New Hampshire
P18-22045
Decarbonizing Transportation for a Sustainable Future: Mitigating Impacts of the Changing Climate
David Greene, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Graham Parkhurst, University of the West of England
P18-21619
Decarbonizing the Logistics and Long Distance Transportation of Freight
Steven Cliff, California Air Resources Board (CARB)
Simon Edwards, Ricardo
P18-21623
Megaregions: Policy, Research, and Practice
Ray Toll, Old Dominion University
Delia Dimitriu, Manchester Metropolitan University
P18-21622
The Need for System Changes in Order to Mitigate GHG Emissions from the Transport Sector: What Factors Enable Transition?
Malin Broqvist Andersson
Daniel Kreeger
Simon Edwards, Ricardo
P18-21620
The Influence of Policy Environment Factors on Climate Change Mitigation Strategies in the Transport Sector
Timothy Sexton, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Oliver Lah, Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie GmbH
P18-21621