Webinar: US DOT Report to Congress on GHG Reduction

“Transportation’s Role in Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions”

Date:  Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Time:  1:00 – 2:30 PM

Registration opening soon at www.climate.dot.gov.

You are invited to participate in a webinar on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new report to Congress, “Transportation’s Role in Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions.”  The report analyzes greenhouse gas emission levels and trends from all modes of transportation in the United States.  It then examines the full range of strategies available to reduce transportation GHGs.  These strategies include introducing low-carbon fuels, increasing vehicle fuel economy, improving transportation system efficiency, and reducing carbon-intensive travel activity.  While the report does not provide recommendations, it does analyze five categories of policy options for implementing the strategies: an economy-wide price signal, efficiency standards, market incentives, transportation planning and investment programs, and research and development.  Authors of the report will discuss its key findings, followed by time for questions and discussion.

Agenda:

Introductory remarks:

  • Beth Osborne, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy
  • Linda Lawson, Co-Chair of the US. DOT Center for Climate Change and Environmental Forecasting and Director of the Office of Safety, Energy, and Environment in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation

Key findings:

  • John Davies, Environmental Protection Specialist, Federal Highway Administration
  • Joanne Potter, Principal, Cambridge Systematics
  • Tina Hodges, Program Analyst, Federal Transit Administration
  • A.J. Singletary, Environmental Policy Analyst, Office of the Secretary of Transportation

Questions and  discussion

Members of the research team will also be available for questions and discussion, including representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Research & Innovative Technology Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, and Cambridge Systematics.

Link to the report: http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/32000/32700/32779/DOT_Climate_Change_Report_-_April_2010_-_Volume_1_and_2.pdf

For more information, please contact JoAnna Smith at JoAnna.Smith@dot.gov.

Please forward to other interested colleagues.

This webinar is sponsored by the U.S. DOT Center for Climate Change and Environmental Forecasting.  The Center is the focal point within U.S. DOT for information and technical expertise on transportation and climate change, working with its component organizations to coordinate related research, policies, and actions. The Center promotes comprehensive multimodal approaches to reduce GHG emissions and prepare for the effects of climate change on the transportation system, while advancing U.S. DOT’s core goals of safety, mobility, environmental stewardship, and security.

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