October 24, 2008

Eleven Essential Technologies for Meeting our Climate and Energy Security Goals


Dr. David Greene, Corporate Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Advances in energy technologies are critical to achieving our nation’s greenhouse gas mitigation and energy security goals. On the climate change issue, scientists have developed rigorous models of the climate impacts of increase GHG emissions and used them to estimate emissions trajectories necessary to achieve various “climate stabilization” goals. Integrated climate models have estimated the costs of achieving these goals as well as the economic benefits of advanced energy technologies. Such rigorous goal setting and modeling has been lacking with respect to the issue of energy security. This analysis specifies quantitative metrics for both energy goals and, using the Kaya equation in a simple simulation model, measures the importance of 11 key energy technologies to achieving our national energy goals.

Biographical Sketch

A Corporate Fellow in Oak Ridge National Laboratory currently spending a 9-month sabbatical at ITS Davis, David Greene has spent 30 years researching transportation energy and environmental policy issues for the federal government.  Dr. Greene has authored or co-authored more than two hundred professional publications, including over seventy-five articles in refereed journals. He was the first Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Transportation and Statistics and serves on the editorial boards of Energy Policy and Transportation Research D.  He was a lead author for the Second, Third and Fourth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and for the IPCC report on Aviation and the Global Atmosphere.  In recognition of his service to the National Research Council, Dr. Greene was designated a lifetime National Associate of the U.S. National Academies.  A 20-year member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, he was the 2007 recipient of the SAE’s Barry D. McNutt Award for Excellence in Automotive Policy Analysis.  Dr. Greene earned a B.A. degree from Columbia University in 1971, an M.A. from the University of Oregon in 1973, and a Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in 1978.