Creating a vision for a 21st century transportation infrastructure powered by clean and renewable energy and fuels
Every day in 2012, the transport of people and goods will burn approximately 19 million barrels of oil, costing American drivers $2 billion in direct costs and $4 billion in additional indirect costs as a result of technology inefficiencies and costly maintenance. In contrast, forecasts show that in 2050, more efficient practices and the widespread use of renewable energy can end our reliance on fossil fuels. These new practices will directly affect the core industries of the new energy era by generating $5 trillion in new economic value while enhancing resilience and security in America.
Now more than ever, our transportation vehicles and aging infrastructure must be transformed to meet 21st century needs. This approach needs to be holistic, focusing on everything from ultra-light low-drag autos, to electrified vehicles, productive vehicle use, super efficient trucks and airplanes, advanced biofuels and revenue-neutral feebates. Accomplishing this will require the adoption of new technologies, finance mechanisms, transparent markets, updated equipment standards, effective policies and a greater collaboration among all entities that make up the transportation sector. Together, all parties involved will be able to create a unified and diverse generation of transportation for the 21st century based on the use of renewable power and fuels.
The purpose of this Initiative is to show that this new generation of transportation technologies can be more cost competitive, profitable and resilient. This transition from a fossil fuels-dominated transportation infrastructure to one driven by greater efficiencies and renewable energy will build a stronger economy, a more secure nation, and a more viable job market, all while promoting a more sustainable global environment.
Objectives & Program
The Initiative's primary objective is to provide a forum for discussion of the vision and strategy for tomorrow's renewable transportation sector, encompassing all technologies and principal constituencies: vehicle and equipment manufacturers, energy providers, technology developers, component suppliers, government agencies, cities and ports and end users. The Initiative is structured around several forums throughout the year that will bring together the major players in the industry to discuss specific developments in the field and ultimately will result in an overarching deliverable that will guide the Initiative into the coming year.
This multi-part series will examine the economic, environmental, and security related challenges and opportunities driven primarily by the growth of automotive, transit, goods movement and aerospace fleets. The Initiative will take a "30,000 foot view" of the issues and explore the intersection between fuels, infrastructure and technology. Discussion will engage all aspects of transportation as they relate to fuel efficiency, electric power, natural gas and fuel generation from renewable sources, including integrative design, IT-based solutions, and construction of infrastructure, finance, supply, and operation of transportation services worldwide.
ACORE members involved in the initiative include the following transportation sectors: automotive, bus, truck, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, waterborne passenger services, defense vehicles and ships, high-speed rail, and aerospace engineering/aviation. A broad array of technologies will be discussed, spanning, but not limited to: clean diesel, natural gas, electric, biofuels/flex fuels, hydrogen, battery, and fuel cell technologies.
Initiative Co-chairs & Steering Committee
- Arun Banskota, NRG Energy
- Doug Berven, POET
- Andy Jack, Covington & Burling, LLP
- Robert Do, Solena Fuels
- Dawn Fenton, Volvo Group North America
- Dan Frakes, General Motors
Steering Committee Members:
- The Alliance to Save Energy
- American Biogas Council
- American Jewish Council (AJC)
- American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
- Carbon War Room
- Digital Energy & Sustainability Solutions Campaign (DESSC)
- E3 Think NYC
- Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA)
- Growth Energy
- Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
- New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST)
- The Pew Charitable Trusts, Clean Energy Group