“America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world. The best way to break this addiction is through technology.”
President George W. Bush, State of the Union Address, 2006
Several daunting challenges related to the transportation sector have arisen in the United States, including energy security and higher oil prices, a decreasingly competitive domestic automobile industry, the increasing and large share of greenhouse-gas emissions attributable to motor vehicles and fuel production, and the longstanding problem of urban air pollution. Successfully addressing these challenges will require technological innovation and a set of government incentive policies to promote the development and early deployment of advanced transportation technologies. A variety of cleaner fuels and vehicle technologies are approaching or have nearly reached commercial maturity, and could significantly contribute to addressing the aforementioned challenges.
ETIP's primary objective in this project is to overcome the barriers to the development and deployment of cleaner and more efficient fuels and vehicle technologies through the design of innovative and effective policy strategies.
To understand these barriers, we are conducting original research and engaging in dialogue with affected stakeholders from industry, government, non-profit organizations, and other sectors. Stakeholder participation is a hallmark of the project, as we consider it essential to develop sound, effective, and durable solutions. Once the barriers are identified and understood, we will analyze opportunities and pathways to eliminate them. This process will result in a set of specific policy alternatives.
Funding for this three-year project comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
The core members of the Innovation in Transportation team are:
- "Policy Options for Reducing Oil Consumption and Greenhouse-Gas Emissions from the U.S. Transportation Sector", by Kelly Sims Gallagher, Gustavo Collantes, John P. Holdren, Henry Lee, and Robert Frosch.
- "Synthesis of Comments Received on 'Policy Options for Reducing Oil Consumption and Greenhouse-Gas Emissions from the U.S. Transportation Sector", by Kelly Sims Gallagher.
- "Giving Green to Get Green: Incentives and Consumer Adoption of Hybrid Vehicle Technology", by Kelly Sims Gallagher and Erich Muehlegger.
- "The Dimensions of the Policy Debate Over Transportation Energy: The Case of Hydrogen in the United States", by Gustavo Collantes.
- "Biofuels and the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Program: The Statute, Policy Issues, and Alternatives", by Gustavo Collantes.
- "Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Program: Research Highlights", by Gustavo Collantes.
- Electrification of Energy, a workshop report by Juha Kiviluoma and Gustavo Collantes.
- "Analysis of Policies to Reduce Oil Consumption and Greenhouse-Gas Emissions from the U.S. Transportation Sector", by Kelly Sims Gallagher and Gustavo Collantes.