ARB Research Seminar

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Prioritizing Climate Change Mitigation Technologies by Cost-Effectiveness

Nicholas Lutsey, Ph.D. Candidate, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis

April 30, 2008
Cal EPA Headquarters, 1001 "I" Street, Sacramento, CA



A large number of different actions can be taken to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Policy-makers at all levels of government are contemplating and implementing action plans for reducing GHG emissions from transportation and other sectors. But which are most effective and beneficial? Can emission reduction targets (e.g. 1990 GHG level by 2020) be achieved with known technologies? This research is a systematic attempt to put available technology strategies in context for regulators, researchers, and policy-makers. Although numerous studies have been conducted in many different research areas (e.g. vehicles, power generation, appliances) to demonstrate potential climate change emission reductions from various technologies, there is little work that integrates the disparate research studies' results on an equal footing (i.e. with consistent fuel prices and economic assumptions). This dissertation research seeks to fill this gap and help decision-makers prioritize future climate change mitigation actions. The seminar will give a presentation of the research approach and findings.

Speaker Biography

Nicholas Lutsey (Ph.D. Candidate) is completing his dissertation in the Transportation Technology and Policy program at the University of California, Davis. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University. After completing his thesis, he held an internship to assess greenhouse emission reductions in vehicles with the California Air Resources Board, from whom he received their Gold Certificate of Appreciation. Mr. Lutsey was the UC Davis transportation student of the year for 2006. His Ph.D. dissertation, due for completion in spring 2008, evaluates greenhouse gas mitigation strategies for transportation.

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