2009 Asilomar Conference

Asilomar Conference Grounds

July 28-31, 2009

Transportation and Climate Policy

This is the Twelfth Biennial Conference on Transportation and Energy hosted by the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies and organized under the auspices of the Energy and Alternative Fuels Committees of the U.S. Transportation Research Board.


Executive Summary

Climate and Transportation Solutions: Findings from the 2009 Asilomar Conference on Transportation and Energy Policy 
Daniel Sperling and James S. Cannon, editors. Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, 2010.

Presentations List

Day 1, Tuesday – July 22nd, 2009
7:45 – 9:00p.m.
Session 1:
Should Developing countries worry about CO2 emissions?

Moderator: Lee Schipper (Stanford University) (Presentation PDF Download)
Global Policy for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport in Developing Countries
     Cornie Huizenga, Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities Center
Sustainable Transport and Restraining CO2 emissions in Latin America – Good News from a Forgotten Continent
     Adriana de Almeida Lobo, Center for Sustainable Transport, Mexico City

Day 2, Wednesday – July 23rd, 2009
9:00a.m. – Noon
Keynote Presentations

Welcome and Introduction: Dan Sperling (UC Davis)
Mary Nichols, Chairman, California Air Resources Board (No Presentation Available for Download)
Mort Downey, Senior Advisor, Parsons Brinckerhoff; former Deputy Secretary, U.S. DOT (No Presentation Available for Download)
David McCurdy, President and CEO, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Presentation PDF Download)

1:30 – 3:00pm
Session 2:
Transportation Trends and Policies

Moderator: Jonathan Rubin (University of Maine)
Transportation Fuel and CO2 Forecasts
     John Conti, U.S. Energy Information Administration
IEA Transportation Energy Outlook
     Lew Fulton, International Energy Agency

3:00 – 6:00pm
Session 3:
Fuels Policy

Moderator: Robert Larson (U.S. EPA)
Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Related Policies
     Sonia Yeh, UC Davis
     Ralph Moran, BP (Presentation PDF Download)
     Ed Kjaer, Southern California Edison (Presentation PDF Download)
     Mark Laser, Dartmouth (Presentation PDF Download)
     Roland Hwang, NRDC (Presentation PDF Download)
Additional Comments from:
     Carmen Difiglio, U.S. DOE (Presentation PDF Download)

Day 3, Thursday – July 24th, 2009
9:00a.m. – Noon
Session 4:
Future of Vehicle Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Standards

Moderator: John Viera (Ford Motor Company) (Presentation PDF Download)
Future Vehicle Technology Assessment
     K.G. Duleep, ICF International
Federal GHG Plans
     Jeff Alson, U.S. EPA
Policy Implications of Achieving Technology Goals
     John German, International Council on Clean Transportation
Caps, CAFE and Balance
     John DeCicco, Environmental Defense Fund

1:30 – 3:30p.m.
Session 5:
Policies to Reduce Vehicle Travel

Moderator: David Burwell (BBG Group)
Moving Cooler: by how much can a comprehensive setup policies reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and associated GHG Emissions?
     Joanne R. Potter, Cambridge Systematics
Performance Measurement, Data Needs and Economic Co-benefits
     Steve Winkelman, Center for Clean Air Policy
Smart Growth and climate change: California’s SB375 and Sacramento’s Blueprint experience
     Mike McKeever, Sacramento Area Council of Governments
The role of energy security and climate change in national surface transportation policy (No Presentation available for Download)
     Paula Hammond, Secretary, Washington State DOT

4:00 – 6:00p.m.
Session 6:
Freight Transport

Moderator: Marianne Mintz (Argonne National Laboratory) (Presentation PDF Download)
Technologies and Policies to Improve Truck Fuel Efficiency
     Tony Greszler, Volvo Truck
A Global and U.S. Framework for Increasing the Efficiency of Trucks
     John German presenting for Fanta Kamakaté, International Council on Clean Transportation
Improving the Energy Efficiency and Environmental Performance of Goods Movement: A Systems Perspective
     James Winebrake, RIT
Discussant: John Boesel, CalStart (Presentation PDF Download)

7:30 – 9:00p.m.
Session 7:
Challenges for Technology and Innovation

Moderator: Carmen Difiglio (U.S. DOE) (No Presentation Available for Download) and Jack Johnston (ExxonMobil, retired) (Presentation PDF Download)
Future Transportation Fuels & Vehicles – Options, Opportunities, and Challenges
     Trevor Demayo, Chevron
Can Innovation De-Carbonize Transportation?
     Robert Marlay, U.S. DOE
Smarter Ways to Stimulate Innovation and Create Value
     David Vincent, Carbon Trust, UK

Day 4, Friday – July 31st, 2009
9:00 – 11:30am
Session 8:
Closing Session

Moderator: David Greene (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) and Patrick Olivia (Michelin)
     Chris Yang, UC Davis (Presentation PDF Download)
     Joan Ogden, UC Davis (Presentation PDF Download)
     Thomas Eizember, Exxon Mobil Corporation (Presentation PDF Download)
     Peter Reilly-Roe, ICCT (No Presentation Available for Download)
     Tom Cackette, California ARB (Presentation PDF Download)
     David McCurdy, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Presentation PDF Download)
     Mike Jackson, TIAX LLC (Presentation PDF Download)
     Cindy Burbank, Parsons Brinckerhoff (Presentation PDF Download)
     Bob Yuhnke, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (No Presentation Available for Download)
     Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, Hart Energy Consulting (Presentation PDF Download)
     Dan Sperling, UC Davis (No Presentation Available for Download)


Cypress Level Sponsors



Otter Level Sponsors

US EPA Office of Research and Development

Auto Alliance

Energy Foundation

William & Flora Hewitt Foundation

Bosch Diesel Systems

US Department of Energy

Other Sponsors

Surdna Foundation, AASHTO, Transport Canada, Caltrans,
California Energy Commission,
UC Davis Sustainable Transportation Center

ITS-Davis Corporate Affiliates

Aramco, ExxonMobil, Mitsui Power Systems,
NetJets, Nissan, PG&E, Royal Dutch Shell, Subaru, Toyota

Steering Committee:

  • John Boesel, Calstart
  • David Burwell, BBG Group
  • John DeCicco, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Carmen Difiglio, US Department of Energy
  • Duncan Eggar, BP (retired)
  • Anthony Eggert, California Air Resources Board
  • Lew Fulton, International Energy Agency
  • John German, International Council on Clean Transportation
  • David Greene, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Tony Greszler, Volvo Truck
  • Ian Hodgson, Environment Directorate General, European Commission
  • Steve Winkelman, Center for Clean Air Policy
  • Cornie Huizenga, Asian Development Bank (CAI-Asia Center)
  • Roland Hwang, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Jack Johnston, ExxonMobil (retired)
  • Robert Larson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Marianne Mintz, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Patrick Oliva, Michelin
  • Jonathan Rubin, University of Maine
  • Mike Savonis, U.S. Federal Highway Administration
  • Lee Schipper, UC Berkeley and Stanford University
  • Dan Sperling, UC Davis
  • John Viera, Ford Motor Company

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