Caltrans Planning Horizons Forum

April 29, 2015


Caltrans Boardroom
1120 N Street, Sacramento, CA


Lew Fulton – Co-director, Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways (STEPS), University of California, Davis

Event Overview

Without a change in trends, U.S. truck energy use and CO2 emissions are likely to grow substantially into the future. Although it is not mandated that trucks reduce CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050 (“80-in-50”), this is a reasonable target in a carbon constrained world. This presentation will provide an overview of findings from a recent white paper from the National Center forSustainable Transportation that examines the feasibility of achieving an 80-in-50 target from freight transport systems, with a focus on U.S. trucking. Several scenarios for achieving this target for trucks will be presented along with a discussion of technical, economic, and other challenges in achievingdeep penetrations of low carbon vehicles and fuels, including zero-emissionvehicles (ZEV – i.e. battery electric or hydrogen/fuel cell) and vehicles running on biofuels. Policy implications and areas where additional research is needed will also be discussed.


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White Paper

This webinar builds upon a recently completed white paper from the National Center for Sustainable Transportation. To download the white paper and/or policy brief, click here.