Regional Transportation Policy Collaboration

 September 12 • 8 a.m.–1 p.m.


The transportation sector is one of the largest sources of global GHG emissions. State and non-state actors working at various levels in North America and Europe have recently been strengthening collaboration on reducing transportation-related emissions. With some of these actors connected through transnational emissions trading, the need to learn from one another and to be able to respond to changing jurisdictional situations has never been more pressing and more promising. This session will bring together government leaders, policy researchers, and aspiring fast-follower governments from North America and Europe to identify more ways to increase climate ambition and improve implementation. Topics will include cap and trade, low-carbon fuel standards, zero emission vehicle standards, and renewable portfolio standards. The session will leverage existing UC Davis collaborations, including with Pacific Coast Collaborative jurisdictions, the International EV Policy Council, the Global Fuel Economy Initiative, and the Joint Clean Climate Transport Research Partnership.

Organizing Partners

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8:00 AM

Opening Keynote

Libby Schaaf
Mayor of Oakland, CA

Basil Seggos
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

8:45 AM

Regional Collaboration

This session will explore the ways in which jurisdictions are collaborating regionally to reduce emissions from the transportation sector, including Colorado and other Rocky Mountain states and Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states via the Transportation and Climate Initiative; and, West Coast states, major cities, and British Columbia in the Pacific Coast Collaborative.

Vicki Arroyo (Moderator)
Georgetown Climate Center

Rob Klee
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Taryn Finnessey
Senior Climate Change Specialist
State of Colorado

Lynn Peterson
Metro Council President-Elect
Portland, OR

Alice Reynolds
Senior Advisor to Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. for
Climate, the Environment, and Energy

10:15 AM

International Collaboration

This session will explore top examples of international collaboration, including countries which have acted on fuel economy, as well as considering the potential for EVs as part of this move towards greater vehicle efficiency.

Lew Fulton (Moderator)
UC Davis

Sheila Watson
Deputy Director
FIA Foundation
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Kate Blumberg
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Alan Jenn
UC Davis
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11:15 AM

Next Steps and Research Needs

This session will highlight collaborative research efforts and identify next steps for collaborative policymaking.

Austin Brown (Moderator)
UC Davis

Gil Tal
Research Director
UC Davis Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center
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Mark Purdon
Joint Clean Climate Transport Research Partnership
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12:00 PM

Closing Keynote

With responsibility for Volvo’s global public partnerships, government relations and sustainability efforts, Niklas will provide a private sector perspective on cross-sector collaboration and highlight the elements needed to achieve meaningful transportation related GHG emission reductions.

Niklas Gustafsson
Chief Sustainability Officer
Volvo Group