Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transportation: Opportunities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

November 24, 2015

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transportation: Opportunities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic analyzes the potential for greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions from the transportation sector and the resulting benefits, costs, and macroeconomic impacts for the 11 states and the District of Columbia that participate in the Transportation and Climate Initiative.

The report finds that clean transportation policies could cut greenhouse gas emissions between 29 to 40 percent in the TCI region by 2030. A comprehensive implementation of state policies could result in net cost savings of up to $72.5 billion over 15 years for businesses and consumers, along with tens of thousands of new jobs and improvements in public health. 

Below are links to download the report and its appendixes. To learn more about the report's release and the efforts of five states and the District of Columbia to develop a regional, market-based policy to cut carbon pollution from the transportation sector, click here.

 

Full Report

The main report document, prepared by the Georgetown Climate Center and Cambridge Systematics, finds that states in the TCI region can significantly cut GHG emissions, while also bringing billions of dollars in cost savings, improving public health, growing the economy, and creating jobs.

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Appendix 1: Emission Inventory and Forecast

This appendix provides a full description of the methodology, assumptions, and results from the bottom-up 2011 inventory and 2030 forecast for states in the TCI region, using state- and county-level data inputs. The inventory and forecast includes on-road, passenger rail and ferry, freight rail, and intra-region marine emissions. Prepared by Cambridge Systematics.

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Appendix 2: Emission Reduction Strategy Analysis

This appendix provides a full description of the methodology, assumptions, and results from the analysis of emission reduction strategies. The appendix includes discussion of the emission reduction scenarios modeled; the derivation of cost-effectiveness rates for strategies based in part on regional implementation; a macro-economic analysis conducted using the REMI model; and the computation of reductions in petroleum consumption, public health benefits, and other benefits in the region. The appendix also includes several sensitivity analyses of key assumptions. Prepared by Cambridge Systematics. 

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Appendix 3: State GHG Reduction Goals in the TCI Region

This appendix provides an overview of state economy-wide GHG emission reduction goals and other clean transportation goals and plans of states in the TCI region. Prepared by the Georgetown Climate Center.  

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