Transportation systems provide essential services for individuals, business, and every sector of the economy. However, transportation is a major expense, presents safety concerns, requires enormous amounts of land, and is now the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. UC Davis is a world leader in sustainable transportation research, with decades of research on topics such as cleaner fuels, efficient and electric vehicles, vehicle automation, land use, and active transportation such as walking and biking. The Policy Institute leverages this expertise to support decision making on key transportation topics such as vehicle standards and mandates, fuel standards, urban planning, and preparing for the coming “3 Revolutions” of shared, automated, and electric transport.
Through the 2019 Budget Act, the Newsom Administration funded two studies to identify strategies to reduce the demand for and supply of fossil fuels, with the goal of dramatically reducing emissions across the transportation sector—the largest source of emissions in the State, to support the State’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2045. The purpose of the studies is to identify paths to significantly reduce transportation-related fossil fuel demand and emissions, and, in parallel, manage a strategic, responsible decline in transportation-related fossil fuel supply.
As an intermediate step, we’re publishing the background, policy context, and a ‘business as usual’ scenario as a synthesis report for the demand-side study, which is available for download here. This report provides critical baseline information that will inform the findings and recommendations in the final report, which will be provided to CalEPA at the end of 2020. A one-page executive summary of the synthesis report can be downloaded here.