Transportation technology developments, including the electrification of vehicles, the increased popularity of micro-mobility options like shared bikes and scooters, and the emergence of connected and automated vehicles, could have a significant impact on GHG emissions and air pollution. Policymakers across federal, state, and local governments have opportunities to shape these trends through policy and incentives that help bring about environmental, social, and economic benefits. Below are highlights of the Georgetown Climate Center's work in this area.
Automation, Electrification, and Shared Use: Reducing Emissions from Three Transportation “Revolutions”
There may be an enormous opportunity to align the emerging technology trends of vehicle electrification, automation, and shared use to achieve emissions reductions and other social benefits. However, most analyses point to the need for strong public policies to ensure that deployment of autonomous vehicles yields a reduction in vehicle emissions and an increase in mobility options, rather than an increase in congestion, vehicle miles traveled, fuel use, and emissions.
Future of the Interstate Highway
Georgetown Climate Center Executive Director Vicki Arroyo served as the Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee and also served as the Chair of the Resilience and Sustainability Task Force and on a committee charged with a Study of the Future Interstate Highway System. The Study of the Future Interstate Highway System is a Congressionally mandated study published by TRB with recommendations on actions needed to restore and improve the Interstate Highway System to meet the growing and shifting demands of the 21st century.