Evaluation of Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Strategies for Interregional Travel

The warming of the Earth's temperatures due to human activities, known as anthropogenic climate change, is a threat to the environment and human health. The transportation sector is a major contributor to anthropogenic climate change, being responsible for 27 percent of all domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2003. Within this sector, urban travel has been the major focus of researchers and policymakers; to fill this gap, the proposed research focuses on interregional travel. Interregional travel emits pollutants in diverse regions, challenging current regulatory approaches and raising difficult jurisdictional issues. We seek to understand the contributions of interregional travel to transportation GHG emissions, and to develop methodologies for assessing emission reduction strategies that allow a diverse set of strategies to be compared. This study takes a multi-modal approach in that it considers both interregional line-haul travel and access to the line-haul modes, and also explores potential substitute modes. We will estimate the relationship between implementation cost and GHG emission reduction for each strategy, to allow for a ranking of GHG emission reduction strategies for interregional travel as well as an estimation of the overall cost curve for GHG emission reduction.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      California Department of Transportation

      1227 O Street
      Sacramento, CA  USA  95843

      Department of Transportation

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  USA  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of California, Berkeley

      Transportation Center
      2614 Dwight Way, 2nd Floor
      Berkely, CA  USA  94720-1782
    • Principal Investigators:

      Hansen, Mark

    • Start Date: 20080801
    • Actual Completion Date: 20090731
    • Source Data: RiP Project 20335

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01464313
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: University of California Transportation Center (UCTC)
    • Contract Numbers: NGHA1
    • Files: UTC, RiP, USDOT, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:40PM