Time-Dependent Environmental Impacts of Transportation Technologies

The goal of this research project is to evaluate the time-dependent environmental impacts of transportation, with a focus on climate impacts. The climate change mitigation potential of transportation fuels and conversion technologies depends on their lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions, and how these compare to climate change mitigation goals. Current and future proposed fuels and technologies for transportation, such as gasoline, various biofuels, natural gas, and electricity, emit multiple greenhouse gases, most notably carbon dioxide and methane, with widely differing radiative efficiencies and atmospheric lifetimes. Assessing their climate impacts therefore requires careful treatment of the time horizon over which the radiative forcing contributions of pulse emissions are considered. In this project we study various approaches to the treatment of this evaluation time horizon, and the implications for the mitigation potential of candidate technologies.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $60000.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      University Transportation Centers Program
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Start Date: 20140601
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20160131
    • Source Data: RiP Project 37140

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01537486
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC01, MITR24-11A
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Sep 16 2014 1:01AM