2015 ASILOMAR CONFERENCE
Transportation and Energy Policy in a Volatile World
August 18-21, 2015
Organized under the auspices of the
Energy and Alternative Fuels Committes and the Climate Change Task Force of the
U.S. Transportation Research Board
Hosted by the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies
The Asilomar Conference has become the leading international conference on transportation and energy. This invitation-only even attracts 200 experts and leaders from government, environmental NGOs, industry and academia to explore strategies and government approaches to address energy and environmental challenges—especially critical at a time of major shifts in energy supply and price. This year’s conference focused on near- and medium-term policy and market strategies, and supporting innovation to reach climate, economic and mobility goals for transportation.
Summary of Asilomar 2015
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- We have imagination. We’ve made big changes in the past and we can make them again.
- Transformational change is possible.
- Innovators are developing disruptive technolgies; innovation drives change.
- Significant uncertainty remains.
- We need a forward-looking, systems-based, integrated approach to policy.
- We need a pricing strategy—a fee/tax, cap-and-trade, or allowances, etc.-to decarbonize at an acceptable cost.
- California continues to be an important leader, a laboratory, and an incubator of new ideas.
- Time matters: We’ve come a long way, but we’ve only just begun, and we have no time to waste. Don’t get discouraged because transformation takes a long time.
- Consumers remain the wildcard.
- Travel behavior is the wobbly leg of the three-legged stool.
- In air travel, ‘big is better’ and it presents challenges.
Wednesday – August 19, 2015
- Welcome and Motivation
Daniel Sperling, UC Davis
- Keynote: Setting the Stage—from Volatility to Sustainability
Robin Chase, Author
Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board
Session II – Toward Energy Efficient, Low-Carbon Trucks and Goods Movement
Part A: Improving the Energy Efficiency of Trucks
Don Anair, Union of Concerned Scientists
Drew Kodjak, International Council on Clean Transportation
Karl Simon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Sean Waters, Daimler Trucks North America
Part B: Toward Clean, Efficient, Low-Carbon Urban Freight
Anthony Eggert, ClimateWorks Foundation
Miguel Jaller, UC Davis
Lew Fulton, UC Davis
Cynthia Marvin, California Air Resources Board
Mitch Jackson, FedEx
Joe Lyou, Coalition for Clean Air and South Coast Air Quality Management District
Thursday – August 20, 2015
Session III – Personal Transportation: What Does the Future Hold?
Robert Noland, Rutgers University
Emily Castor, Lyft
Megan Ryerson, University of Pennsylvania
Lisa Aultmann-Hall, University of Vermont
Session IV – Part A: Toward Energy Efficient, Low-Carbon Cars and Light Trucks—to 2025
Session IV – Part B: Light-Duty Vehicles Beyond 2025
Tom Turrentine, UC Davis
David Greene, University of Tennessee
Alberto Ayala, California Air Resources Board
Matthew Tipper, Shell Oil Co.
Craig Scott, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Session V – Big Data
Amy Myers Jaffe, UC Davis
David Bartlett, GE Aviation
Glenn Schmidt, BMW Group
Friday – August 21, 2015
Session VI – Leveraging Markets, Innovation, and Regulatory and Pricing Policies
Asilomar 2015 Steering Committee
- Dan Sperling (Chair), University of California, Davis
- Lisa Aultman-Hall, University of Vermont
- Julie Becker, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
- Hocine Bendafi, Jaguar Land Rover
- Marlon Boarnet, University of Southern California
- William Craven, Mercedes Benz USA
- Anthony Eggert, ClimateWorks Foundation
- Niel Golightly, Shell Oil Company
- David Greene, University of Tennessee
- Roland Hwang, Natural Resources Defense Council
- Amy Myers Jaffe, University of California, Davis
- Wendy James, Better World Group
- Robert Larson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Tim Lipman, UC Berkeley; TRB Chair of Alternative Fuel Committee
- Robert Noland, Rutgers University; TRB Chair of Climate Change Task Force
- Jonathan Rubin, University of Maine
- John Viera, Ford Motor Company
- John Wall, Cummins Inc.
- Michael Q. Wang, Argonne National Laboratory
- Jacob Ward, U.S. Department of Energy