2011 Asilomar Conference

Asilomar Conference Grounds

August 29-September 1, 2011

Rethinking Energy and Climate Strategies for Transportation

This is the Thirteenth 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

Reframing and Rethinking Climate Policy: 2011 Asilomar Conference on Transportation and Energy
Daniel Sperling. Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, 2011.


Day 1, Tuesday – August 30, 2011
9:00a.m. – Noon
Welcome and Introduction:
Dan Sperling (UC Davis) (Presentation Download)
Keynote Presentation: Joschka Fischer (former foreign minister of Germany)
Session I: Climate Change Communication and Engagement
Session Chair: Robert Noland (Rutgers)
Global Warming’s Six Americas – A Market Segmentation Analysis
     Connie Roser-Renouf, George Mason University
Climate Change and the Science of Science Communication
     Dan Kahan, Yale University
What Does All This Mean for Transportation Researchers and Professionals?
     David Greene, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

1:30 – 3:00p.m.
Session II:
Demand for Advanced Vehicles

Session Chair: Julia King (Aston University)
Consumers Attitudes to Electric Vehicles in the UK: Emerging Results from the National Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator
     David Bott, Technology Strategy Board, UK
Policy and Consumer Behavior from a UK and EU Perspective
     Paul Nieuwenhuis, Cardiff Business School, UK
Consumer Behavior and the Market for Electric Drive Vehicles
     Mike Tamor, Ford Motor Company
Reframing Electric Vehicles
     Ken Kurani, UC Davis

3:30 – 5:00p.m.
Session III:
Vehicle Electrification’s Role

Session Chair: John Viera (Ford Motor Company)
  •Thomas Becker (BMW Group) (Presentation Download)
  •Larry Dominique (Nissan) (Presentation Download)
  •Mark Duvall (Electric Power Research Institute)
  •Britta Gross (General Motors) (Presentation Download)
  •Roland Hwang (Natural Resources Defense Council) (Presentation Download)

Day 2, Wednesday – August 31, 2011
9:00a.m. – Noon
Session IV:
Smart Growth and VMT Reduction

Session Chair: Anothony Eggert (California Environmental Protection Agency)
Speaker: Chris Leinberger (Arcadia Land Company and Brookings Institution)
Growing Market Demand for Less Car-Dependent Communities?
Research Evidence on VMT Reduction
     Susan Handy (UC Davis)
Growing Wealthier: Smart Growth, Climate Change and Prosperity
     Steve Winkelman (Center for Clean Air Policy)
Reducing GHGs in California through Integrated Land Use and Transportation Planning
     Mike McKeever (Sacramento Area Council of Governments)
Reducing GHGs in Portland, Oregon through Integrated Land Use and Transportation Planning
     Mike Hoglund (Portland Metro)

2:00 – 3:45p.m.
Session V:
The Freight Transport Challenge

Session Chair: John Boesel (CALSTART)
(Presentation Download)
More Trucks, More Fuel, More GHGs?
     Lance Grenzeback, Cambridge Systematics
How Effective is the EPA/NHTSA Heavy Duty Vehicle GHG/Fuel Economy Rule and What is the Future for Heavy Vehicle Regulation?
     Drew Kodjak, International Council of Clean Transportation
Opportunities for Heavy Vehicle Effciency Improvements
     Anthony Greszler, Volvo Powertrain North America
Policies to Reduce Freight GHG Emissions
     Jerry Moyes, Swift Transportation

4:15 – 6:00p.m.
Session VI:
Should We Worry About Adaptation to Climate Change in Transportation?

Session Chair: Mike Savonis (ICF International)
Climate Change in the U.S.: Effects and Implications
     Virginia Burkett, U.S. Geological Survey
Climate Change and Transportation System Adaptation: Defining Characteristics from International and National Examples
     Mike Meyer, Georgia Institute of Technology
The Rising Tide of San Francisco Bay
     Steve Heminger, San Francisco Area Metropolitan Planning Commission

7:30 – 8:30p.m.
Session VII:
Learning from Europe

Session Chair: David Greene (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
What Have We Learned from EU Efforts to Reduce CO2 Emissions in Transport?
     Ian Hodgson, Environment Directorate General, European Commission
What Have We Learned from Non-Transport Energy and Climate Policies?
     Theo Zachariadis, Cyprus University of Technology

Day 3, Thursday – September 1, 2011
9:00a.m. – 11:00a.m.
Session VIII:
How Will Advanced Biofuels Move Foward?

Session Chair: Carmine Difiglio (U.S. Department of Energy) (Presentation Download)
Status of Cellulosic Biofuel Commercialization
     Thomas Foust, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Commercializing Cellulosic Biofuels
     Ruth Scotti, BP
Is the Renewable Fuel Standard Sufficient to Motivate Cellulosic Biofuel Production?
     John Kneiss, Hart Energy Consulting
How Do We Get Biofuels Back on Track?
     Jeremy Martin, Union of Concerned Scientists

11:00a.m. – 11:30a.m.
Closing Session

Larry Burns (University of Michigan (General Motors, retired) (Presentation Download)


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Steering Committee

  • Dan Sperling (Chair), UC Davis
  • John Boesel, Calstart
  • Cindy Burbank, Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • David Burwell, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Kathryn Clay, Clean American Transportation Alliance
  • Carmen Difiglio, US Department of Energy
  • Anthony Eggert, California EPA
  • Lew Fulton, International Energy Agency
  • David Greene, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Anthony Greszler, Volvo Powertrain
  • Britta Gross, General Motors
  • Susan Handy, UC Davis
  • Ian Hodgson, Environment Directorate General, European Commission
  • Cornie Huizenga, SloCat Partnership
  • Roland Hwang, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Jack Johnston, ExxonMobil (retired)
  • Julia King, Aston University
  • Andreas Klugescheid, BMW Group
  • Robert Larson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Marianne Mintz, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Robert Noland, Rutgers University
  • Michael Savonis, U.S. Federal Highway Agency
  • Lee Schipper, UC Berkeley and Stanford University
  • John Viera, Ford Motor Company
  • Steve Winkelman, Center for Clean Air Policy

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