National Center for Sustainable Transportation

White Papers on Emission Reducing Efficiency Strategies to Incorporate into the C

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Project Summary

Participate as a member of a small group of freight experts from academia, industry, and government to identify and examine broad-based approaches to increase the efficiency of the freight system while reducing its emissions, improve its ability to move cargo with less environmental impact, and review efficiency strategy concept papers developed by the group.

Identify a set of emission reducing efficiency strategies to incorporate into the CSFS along with the necessary action items to implement that strategy and the public or private entity that would be lead on the strategy and/or action item.  The strategies identified should be those that the group finds necessary to meet the goal of the CSFS and the benchmark of improving freight system efficiency by 25 percent by the year 2030, with an interim target of a 10 percent efficiency improvement by 2020.  In addition, identify efficiency strategies that are promising but require further analysis and consideration.

Develop actionable white papers examining freight efficiency strategies with the greatest potential to increase system efficiency, cut shipping time or costs, and reduce air pollution (include discussion of the merits, challenges, implementation mechanisms, and potential champions/sponsors.)

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Topic Area

Sustainable Urban Freight

P.I. Name & Address

Professor; Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government; Senior Associate Dean for Research and Technology; Director, METRANS , Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California
650 Childs Way
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL) 216
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
United States

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Agency ID or Contract Number

Research Subaward No. 201501241-01

Start and End Dates

11/18/2015 to 5/1/2016