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Twenty nine percent of all carbon emissions come from the transportation sector. And, some estimates are higher. In 2018, twelve states (and the District of Columbia) in the Northeast responded, creating the Transportation and Climate Initiative to improve transportation, develop the clean energy economy and reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector. This initiative is being facilitated by the Georgetown Climate Center.

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VEHICLE-TO-GRID (V2G): EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

06/17/22
In a nutshell, the idea behind vehicle-to-grid is similar to regular smart charging. Smart charging, also known as V1G charging, enables us to control the charging of electric cars in a way that allows the…

Electric Vehicle Investments Provide Benefits Across the U.S.

06/13/22
This map compiles ZETA research to illustrate EV investments across the country. These private investments are creating tens of thousands of good-paying auto jobs that will reinvigorate communities, generating thousands of additional indirect jobs. And…

Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

05/23/22
Greenhouse gases trap heat and make the planet warmer. Human activities are responsible for almost all of the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere over the last 150 years.1 The largest source of greenhouse…

What Is the Carbon Footprint of Transportation?

10/07/21
The statistician and engineer W. Edwards Deming once said “In God we trust. All others must bring data.” Some of the best data come from the Our World in Data team at Oxford University. Their…

Profitably Decarbonizing Heavy Transport and Industrial Heat

08/23/21
To avoid the worst risks of runaway climate change, the world must cut global greenhouse gas emissions— chiefly carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels—in half by 2030 and to about zero by 2050. Of that…

A Low Carbon Fuel Standard: In Brief

08/16/21
As part of the congressional deliberations on addressing climate change, Congress may consider policy options for reducing greenhouse gas(GHG)emissions from the transportation sector. One of the leading contributors to the U.S. GHG emission profile in…

Climate Action Pathway

08/11/21
By 2050, passenger and freight transport will be completely decarbonized by shifting to a more sustainable, diverse and resilient range of modes and vehicle technologies. Although individual countries will need to identify their own pathway…

PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS: Biden Administration Advances Expansion & Modernization of the Electric Grid

04/27/21
Departments of Energy and Transportation Announce New Actions to Upgrade America’s Power Infrastructure — Creating Jobs, Increasing Reliability, and Combating Climate Change

Our Transportation Future

07/27/20
The Transportation and Climate Initiative is a collaboration of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia. In December 2018, nine TCI states and D.C. committed to design and create a market-based program over…

Building Resilient Transportation

06/10/20
State and regional transportation agencies across the country are facing extreme weather events that damage roads and bridges and cost large sums to repair, not to mention the cost to the economy from disrupted travel.

The Most Detailed Map of Auto Emissions in America

04/30/20
Transportation is the largest source of planet-warming greenhouse gases in the United States today and the bulk of those emissions come from driving in our cities and suburbs.

Solar carports: how do they work and how much do they cost?

04/25/20
While a typical carport or patio cover provides shading and is undoubtedly a value-add for a home or automobile owner, its one-dimensional simplicity is a missed opportunity. If you’re a PV fanatic following emerging technologies in the solar industry,…

Fuel Economy in Hot Weather

04/25/20
Hot weather can actually increase your fuel economy. Your engine warms up to an efficient temperature faster; summer grades of gasoline can have slightly more energy; and warm air causes less aerodynamic drag than cold…

Fueling a Clean Transportation Future

03/28/20
Smart Fuel Choices for a Warming World.

MacRebur: The Plastic Road Company

03/02/20
MacRebur’s mission is to help solve the waste plastic epidemic and the poor quality of roads we drive on around the world today. Our innovative solution involves processing waste plastics destined for landfill or incineration…

IMO 2020: The Big Shipping Shake-Up

01/31/20
Over 90% of all global trade takes place on our oceans. Unfortunately, the network of 59,000 vessels powering international commerce runs on sulfur-laden bunker fuel, and resulting emissions are causing problems on dry land.

The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI)

01/07/20
The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a regional collaboration of 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia that seeks to improve transportation, develop the clean energy economy and reduce carbon emissions from…
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Carbon Pollution from Transportation

01/07/20
Burning fossil fuels like gasoline and diesel releases carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. The buildup of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases like methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) is…

Climate Collaborative – Transportation Resources

01/07/20
This page highlights case studies, videos, tools, and other resources from our partners. Adopting efficiencies in shipping cargo, logistics optimization, and intermodal transport can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the global movement of goods…

The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)

11/21/19
The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) promotes the integration of sustainable transport in global policies on sustainable development and climate change and leveraging action in support of the implementation of the global policies.…

A brief introduction to climate change and transportation

09/22/19
How to reconcile people's love affair with their vehicles and society's need to reduce carbon emissions?

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How an Electric Truck Factory Became a Lightning Rod in Georgia

By David Gelles  Photo: Matthew Odom   03/14/22  
It is billed as the largest economic development project in the history of Georgia, an electric vehicle factory that could grow to be five times as large as the Pentagon and produce as many as…

PG&E and Ford Collaborate on Bidirectional Electric Vehicle Charging Technology in Customers’ Homes

03/11/22  
Today, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Ford Motor Company announced a collaboration exploring how Ford’s new F-150 Lightning electric vehicle (EV)—the first commercially available light-duty truck with bidirectional charging technology—can interact with the…

EPA restores California’s ability to set stricter clean car standards

By Rachel Frazin  Photo: Greg Nash   03/09/22  
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Wednesday it would reinstate California's authority to set its own clean car standards after the state's authority was revoked by the Trump administration.

U.S. Postal Service moves ahead with plan to spend billions on gas vehicles

By Emma Newburger  Photo: Angus Mordant | Bloomberg | Getty Images   02/23/22  
The U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday completed a final regulatory requirement for its plan to replace its delivery fleet with thousands of gas-powered vehicles, forging ahead with a decision that’s drawn strong opposition from the…

Corn-Based Ethanol May Be Worse For the Climate Than Gasoline, a New Study Finds

By Georgina Gustin  Photo: Kathryn Gamble , Getty Images   02/16/22  
Ethanol made from corn grown across millions of acres of American farmland has become the country’s premier renewable fuel, touted as a low-carbon alternative to traditional gasoline and a key component of the country’s efforts…

Here’s what Super Bowl ads say about climate change

By Kyla Mandel  Chart: Elijah Wolfson and Kyla Mandel   02/14/22  
Toyota debuted its hybrid Prius for the first time at the Super Bowl in 2005, calling it “good news for planet Earth.” In 2006, there were two Super Bowl ads for new hybrids: one for…

White House rolls out $5 billion funding plan to states for electric vehicle chargers

By Ground News   02/10/22  
The Biden administration on Thursday announced the availability of $5 billion in federal money to states over five years. Each station would need to have at least four fast-charger ports, which enable drivers to fully…

How Billions in Infrastructure Funding Could Worsen Global Warming

By Brad Plumer  Photo: David Zalubowski , Associated Press   02/10/22  
The highways in Colorado, one of the nation’s fastest-growing states, are frequently clogged with suburban workers driving into Denver, skiers heading high into the Rocky Mountains and trucks rumbling across the Interstates.

Washington’s Decisive Decade An Emerging Roadmap for Transportation Decarbonization & Cleaner Air

02/10/22  
With the transportation sector accounting for 45% of the state’s emissions, it will receive the majority of upcoming investments from the Climate Commitment Act (CCA). We are firmly in the Decisive Decade for transportation decarbonization…

Do we need roads that charge cars? Detroit thinks so

By Julian Spector   02/02/22  
Electric car drivers in Detroit can soon boost their batteries just by driving down the right road. On Wednesday, Michigan state agencies awarded $1.9 million to Israeli startup Electreon to build a mile-long wireless charging strip.…

More electric vehicles mean more utility microgrids

By Lisa Cohn  Photo: Scharfsinn   01/28/22  
Policy, economic and environmental issues are expected to dramatically boost demand for electric vehicles (EVs), a phenomenon that is spurring more utility microgrids. In fact, three utilities — Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Portland General…

5G Connectivity: A Key Enabling Technology To Meet America’s Climate Change Goals

01/26/22  
The impact of climate change is being felt locally and globally. Rising to the challenge, the United States is now taking on ambitious emission reduction targets. It recently rejoined the Paris Agreement in 2021 and…
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Electric Vehicles Charge Ahead in Statehouses

By Alex Brown  Photo: Frederic J. Brown AFP via Getty Images   01/24/22  
Automakers are planning to put nearly 1 million new electric vehicles on American roads in 2022. Lawmakers are trying to make sure their states are ready. “We will see a lot more emphasis on electric…

One way to clean up dirty trucks and ships? Design smarter routes

By Maria Gallucci  Photo: Joe Raedle via Getty Images   01/18/22  
The trucks, vans and cargo ships that haul our goods still predominantly use dirty diesel fuels to get to warehouses and crowded ports. New mapping tools are helping freight companies to start planning for a…

A neglected California city reinvents itself with electric cars — and plots a road map for the nation

By Evan Halper  Photo: Myung J. Chun   01/10/22  
This Central Valley outpost is one of the most fertile places on Earth, attracting thousands of seasonal laborers to harvest lettuce and reaping windfalls for big agribusiness. But for most of Rey León’s life, the…

Electric, autonomous delivery vehicle boom expected on city streets

By Dan Zukowski  Photo: General Motors/BrightDrop   01/07/22  
With Amazon, FedEx and Walmart among those placing major orders for electric delivery vehicles, thousands will appear on the road in coming years, executives announced at CES.

Biden Orders Federal Vehicles and Buildings to Use Renewable Energy by 2050

By Lisa Friedman  Photo: Doug Mills , The New York Times   12/30/21  
President Biden on Wednesday set in motion a plan to make the federal government carbon neutral, ordering federal agencies to buy electric vehicles, to power facilities with wind, solar and nuclear energy, and to use…

Electric vehicles are gaining traction among Wisconsin drivers and businesses that provide support

By Rick Barrett   12/29/21  
From cars to motorcycles, and fire trucks to charging stations, Wisconsin has a key role in the development of electric vehicles.

Pricing indirect emissions accelerates low—carbon transition of US light vehicle sector

By Paul Wolfram and others   12/08/21  
Large–scale electric vehicle adoption can greatly reduce emissions from vehicle tailpipes. However, analysts have cautioned that it can come with increased indirect emissions from electricity and battery production that are not commonly regulated by transport…

Electric School Bus Virtual Roundtable

By Caroline Hahn   11/30/21  
Recently NYLCV and the NYC Clean School Bus Coalition held a virtual roundtable discussion in conjunction with NYCSBUS to speak about the importance of school bus electrification in New York City, especially within environmental justice…

Zero-Emission Corporate Fleets May Be Closer Than You Think

By Phil Covington   11/30/21  
The transportation sector is the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States, according to the EPA, having dislodged electricity generation from the top spot in 2017.

Everything in the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill

By Jonathan Ponciano  Photo: AFP via Getty Images   11/15/21  
President Joe Biden on Monday signed into law one of the largest infrastructure packages in U.S. history after months of bipartisan negotiations and tense political infighting, shoring up $1.2 trillion in funds, including $550 billion…

20,000 deaths and counting: As mass transit stagnates, US traffic deaths surge

By Adam Mahoney  Photo: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times   11/04/21  
Winter storm Uri notoriously demonstrated the failure of many elements of American infrastructure: Texas’ electrical grid collapsed, water treatment systems went offline, and oil refineries released millions of pounds of excess pollution. Less widely noticed, however, was the…

Old Power Gear Is Slowing Use of Clean Energy and Electric Cars

By Ivan Penn  Photo: Jim Wilson/The New York Times   10/28/21  
Seven months after workers finished installing solar panels atop the Garcia family home near Stanford University, the system is little more than a roof ornament. The problem: The local utility’s equipment is so overloaded that…

What If Google Flights Displayed Train and Bus Journey Alternatives Too?

By Sami Grover  Photo: Rob Kints / Getty Images   10/13/21  
The other day, I welcomed the news that Google Flights would start displaying flight-specific carbon emissions next to every itinerary in its search results. After all, research has shown huge disparities in emissions based on…

Are Tesla and Texas a Perfect Match? It’s Questionable.

By Niraj Chokshi, Clifford Krauss and Ivan Penn  Photo: Matthew Busch for The New York Times   10/13/21  
Tesla’s move from Silicon Valley to Texas makes sense in many ways: The company’s chief executive, Elon Musk, and the conservative lawmakers who run the state share a libertarian philosophy, favoring few regulations and low…

Tesla Will Move Its Headquarters to Austin, Texas, in Blow to California

By Niraj Chokshi  Photo: Justin Kaneps   10/07/21  
Tesla will move its headquarters from California to Austin, Texas, where it is building a new factory, its chief executive, Elon Musk, said at the company’s annual shareholder meeting on Thursday. The move makes good…

Self-driving electric skateboards hint at future mobility

By Joann Muller  Photo: Citroen   10/05/21  
Nobody really knows what the future of urban transportation looks like, but chances are it will involve an electric skateboard. Why it matters: Automakers like Citroën are imagining a future based on the same basic…

Trams, Cable Cars, Electric Ferries: How Cities Are Rethinking Transit

By Somini Sengupta  Photo: Lynsey Addario   10/03/21  
The roar of engines has long been part of the soundscape of a city. For a century, for billions of urban people worldwide, getting around has meant boarding a bus powered by diesel or an…

The World Wants Greenland’s Minerals, but Greenlanders Are Wary

By Jack Ewing  Photo: Carsten Snejbjerg   10/01/21  
This huge, remote and barely habited island is known for frozen landscapes, remote fjords and glaciers that heave giant sheets of ice into the sea. But increasingly Greenland is known for something else: rare minerals.…

Built to last: Making sustainability a priority in transport infrastructure

By Luca Milani, Detlev Mohr, and Nicola Sandri   10/01/21  
By now, it’s been widely documented that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated numerous forces already in play before it began, including digitalization and flexible working models. One area that deserves more attention because of its…

U.S. Department of Energy Announces More Than $64 Million for Biofuels Research to Reduce Transportation Emissions

09/09/21  
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $64 million in funding for 22 projects focused on developing technologies and processes that produce low-cost, low-carbon biofuels. Biofuels are made up of renewable resources and…

Why the automotive future is electric

By Andreas Cornet, Julias Conzade & Others   09/07/21  
That hum in the distance is the sound of the concept of mobility changing—for the better. While challenges to the electrification of the vehicle parc persist, opportunities worth fighting for also lay ahead. This is…

Push to Electrify Federal Fleet Could Yield Billions in Savings by 2030

08/23/21  
Shortly after taking office in January, President Joe Biden directed federal agencies to procure “clean, zero-emission vehicles,” but work toward that goal has been slow — just 10 percent of new mail trucks ordered by the United States Postal…

California Town Bans New Gas Stations to Curb Carbon Emissions

By Sami Grover  Photo: Patrick Strattner , Getty Images   08/22/21  
When I wrote about Exxon’s efforts to drive up demand for plastics, I referenced its championing of recycling not as an example of corporate responsibility, but as a strategy for heading off more disruptive measures like…

How Green Are Electric Vehicles?

By Hiroko Tabuchi and Brad Plumer   08/06/21  
Around the world, governments and automakers are promoting electric vehicles as a key technology to curb oil use and fight climate change. General Motors has said it aims to stop selling new gasoline-powered cars and…

Biden calls for half of new cars to be electric or plug-in hybrids by 2030

By Dino Grandoni and Brady Dennis  Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images   08/05/21  
The executive order comes as part of a suite of new goals and mandates to cut climate-warming emissions from the auto sector

Biden, in a Push to Phase Out Gas Cars, Tightens Pollution Rules

By Coral Davenport   08/05/21  
The president is restoring and strengthening tailpipe emissions regulations from the Obama era and has set a target that half of all vehicles sold in the United States be electric by 2030.

Biden seeks to boost fuel economy to thwart Trump rollback

By AP   08/05/21  
The Biden administration wants automakers to raise gas mileage and cut tailpipe pollution between now and model year 2026, and it has won a voluntary commitment Thursday from the industry that electric vehicles comprise up…

Nikola Founder Is Charged With Fraud in Rebuke to Wall Street

By Matthew Goldstein and Niraj Choksi  Photo: Eduardo Munoz , Reuters   07/29/21  
In a warning shot to a thriving corner of Wall Street, federal authorities on Thursday filed criminal and civil securities fraud charges against the founder of Nikola — a start-up automaker that went public by merging with…

Cleaner Vehicles Achieving a Resilient Technology Transition

07/22/21  
A common principle in technology policy is that of ‘technological neutrality’ – that is, setting a policy

Our Irrational Love of Gas Cars Is Going to Bite Us in the Ass

By Alex Lauer  Photo: Frank Rothe/Getty Images   07/20/21  
We as a species need to stop burning fossil fuels as quickly as possible. Heat domes in the Pacific Northwest, historic floods in Germany, wildfires and drought in Napa Valley — these extreme weather events…

Space tourism: rockets emit 100 times more CO₂ per passenger than flights – imagine a whole industry

By Eloise Marais   07/19/21  
The commercial race to get tourists to space is heating up between Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. On Sunday 11 July, Branson ascended 80 km to reach the…

ICCT report finds US domestic EV production and investment continues to fall

06/21/21  
The United States is the third-largest electric vehicle (EV) producer behind China and Europe; a new study from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) finds that the gap has widened. The ICCT study finds…

We can’t solve the climate crisis without getting out of our cars and onto buses and trains

By Michael E. Mann and Matt Casale  Photo: Getty Images   06/16/21  
As Americans receive vaccines and people feel safer leaving home, an unwelcome feature of pre-COVID life, headache-inducing traffic, is coming back in full force. More than an inconvenience, this rising tide of cars and trucks…

Tasked to Fight Climate Change, a Secretive U.N. Agency Does the Opposite

By Matt Apuzzo and Sarah Hurtes  Photo: Mary Turner   06/03/21  
During a contentious meeting over proposed climate regulations last fall, a Saudi diplomat to the obscure but powerful International Maritime Organization switched on his microphone to make an angry complaint: One of his colleagues was…

Mineral constraints for transition overstated by IEA

By Kingsmill Bond   05/10/21  
The IEA looked into the amount of minerals needed to fuel the energy transition, and pretty quickly worked out ‘there is no shortage of resources’.  The world has plenty of lithium, nickel, rare earth metals…

EPA to restore California’s power over car pollution rules, reversing Trump

By Anna M. Phillips  Photo: Gabriella Angotti-Jones / Los Angeles Times   04/26/21  
California’s ambition to retake the lead on climate change policy in the United States received a major boost Monday as the Biden administration moved toward allowing the state to once more set its own car…

Bipartisan Group Backs Gas-Tax Increase as Option to Fund Infrastructure

By Andrew Duehren  Photo : Justin Lane , Shutterstock   04/23/21  
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers endorsed a report that includes raising the gasoline tax as a possible way to pay for infrastructure spending, lending support to a measure that both Republican and Democratic proposals…

Riders Are Abandoning Buses and Trains. That’s a Problem for Climate Change.

By Somini Sengupta  Photo Adnan Abidi   03/25/21  
On the London Underground, Piccadilly Circus station is nearly vacant on a weekday morning, while the Delhi Metro is ferrying fewer than half of the riders it used to. In Rio, unpaid bus drivers have…