2013 Asilomar Conference

Asilomar Conference Grounds

August 6-August 9, 2013

Photos of the 2013 Asilomar Conference

Climate Policy in an Energy Boom

This is the 14th 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. (Attendance is by invitation only.)

International policies and initiatives for climate and energy are faltering. Continuing increases globally in greenhouse gas emissions mean that the climate is unlikely to stabilize even after an increase of 2°C. Meanwhile major shifts are underway in energy supply. This conference will focus on national and sub-national approaches to reduce oil use and greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation. What are the opportunities and what are the limitations? What new international and public-private partnerships might be pursued?

Executive Summary

Asilomar 2013: Climate Policy in an Energy Boom Continuing Needs Amid New Challenges
Daniel Sperling,  Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, 2013.


Day 1, Wednesday – August 7, 2013
Session I: Setting the Stage
Moderator: Dan Sperling, UC Davis
  •David Greene, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Presentation Download)
  •Amy Myers Jaffe, UC Davis (Presentation Download)
  •Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board (No Presentation Available)
  •Cathy Reheis-Boyd, WSPA (No Presentation Available)
  •Andreas Klugesheid, BMW Group (No Presentation Available)
  •Roland Hwang, Natural Resources Defense Council (No Presentation Available)

Session II: What Do Energy and GHG Scenarios Tell Us?
Moderator: Dawn Manley, Sandia National Laboratories (Presentation Download)
  •Nebojsa Nakicenovic, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and Vienna University of Technology (Presentation Download)
  •Lew Fulton, UC Davis (Presentation Download)

Session III: Speed Bumps for Zero Emission Vehicles and Advanced Biofuels
Moderator: John Viera, Ford Motor Company (No Presentation Available)
  •Britta Gross, General Motors (No Presentation Available)
  •Matthew Tipper, Royal Dutch Shell (No Presentation Available)

Day 2, Thursday – August 8, 2013
Session IV: China, the Giant
Moderator: Feng An, Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (Presentation Download)
  •Zhang Xiliang, Tsinghua University (Presentation Download)
  •Kebin He, Tsinghua University (Presentation Download)
  •Michael Wang, Argonne National Laboratory (Presentation Download)

Session V: Do We Have a  Failure to Communicate? Or Are We Mis-naming the Problem?
Moderator: Greg Dalton, Climate One
Speaker: James Hoggan, Hoggan & Associates (Speech Download)

Session VI: Delivering the Goods in an Urban World
Moderator: James Corbett, University of Delaware (Presentation Online)
  •Roland Gravel, U.S. Department of Energy (Presentation Download)
  •Tom O’Brien, California State University, Long Beach (Presentation Download)
  •Scott Perry, Ryder Fleet Management Solutions (Presentation Download)

Session VII: Opportunities to Reduce Vehicle Use
Moderator: David Burwell, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (No Presentation Available)
  •Steve Polzin, University of South Florida (Presentation Download)
  •Richard Steinberg, DriveNow (USA) of BMW (No Presentation Available)
  •Johanna Partin, C/40 Cities (Presentation Download)

Day 3, Friday – August 9, 2013
Session VIII: Regulatory and Policy Strategies
Moderator: Vicki Arroyo, Georgetown University (Presentation Download)
  •Karl Simon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Presentation Download)
  •Barry Wallerstein, South Coast Air Quality Management District (Presentation Download)



Steering Committee

  • Dan Sperling (chair), UC Davis
  • Feng An, Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (iCET), U.S./China
  • Vicki Arroyo, Georgetown University
  • Cindy Burbank, Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • David Burwell, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • John Cabaniss, Global Automakers
  • Carl Friedrich Eckhardt, BMW Group
  • Anthony Eggert, UC Davis
  • Lew Fulton, UC Davis
  • David Greene, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Anthony Greszler, Volvo Powertrain North America
  • Britta Gross, General Motors
  • Cornie Huizenga, SloCat Partnership
  • Roland Hwang, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Amy Myers Jaffe, UC Davis
  • Andreas Klugescheid, BMW Group
  • Robert Larson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Dawn Manley, Sandia National Laboraties
  • Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board
  • Nick Nigro, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
  • Robert Noland, Rutgers University
  • Steve Polzin, University of South Florida
  • Karl Simon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Rob Thring, Loughborough University
  • John Viera, Ford Motor Company
  • Michael Q. Wang, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Jake Ward, U.S. Department of Energy

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