Transportation & Green House Gas Pollution Claudia Girrbach


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Transportation & Green House Gas Pollution Claudia Girrbach

  1. 1. <ul><li>Transportation & Greenhouse Gas Pollution </li></ul><ul><li>Claudia Girrbach </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>April 2009 </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Educate business on contribution of transportation to green house gas pollution </li></ul><ul><li>Provide easy steps to take immediately to reduce greenhouse gas pollution while reducing operating expenses </li></ul>
  3. 3. Transportation is second largest contributor to greenhouse gas pollution in US Source: EPA Transportation’s share is projected to rise to 36% by 2020.
  4. 4. Cars, Heavy Trucks and Jets are the largest contributors to greenhouse gas pollution Highway and Air account for 80% of transportation green house gas Highway and Air account for 22% of total green house pollution from US Source: EPA
  5. 5. More than 200 million cars and light trucks If ranked against other nations’ total green house gas pollution, US passenger vehicles would rank 5 th in the world
  6. 6. Motor Vehicle Mileage From 1970 to 2005: 160% increase in average miles per vehicle driven Over 5 times increase in number of vehicles on the road Sources: ACCB and Annual Energy Review 2006, Energy Information Administration, US Government
  7. 7. Substantial improvements in the early eighties on emissions Since then there has been stagnation in emission improvements Sources: ACCB and Annual Energy Review 2006, Energy Information Administration, US Government
  8. 8. <ul><li>Ton-miles has doubled </li></ul><ul><li>Shift from lower to higher polluting methods </li></ul><ul><li>Trends expected to continue </li></ul>Sources: ACCB and Annual Energy Review 2006, Energy Information Administration, US Government
  9. 9. <ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Efficiency improvements are lagging relative to increased use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to dramatically increase efficiency in favored transport methods and shift to more efficient transport methods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>While protecting the flow or people and goods through the world’s greatest transportation network </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>How do you travel to work? </li></ul><ul><li>Car – alone </li></ul><ul><li>Car – ride share </li></ul><ul><li>Public transport </li></ul><ul><li>Self-powered – Walk or bike </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>77% of commuters or 105 million commuters drive alone. </li></ul><ul><li>Drive-alone commuting uses 127 Million gallons of gas annually </li></ul><ul><li>Over 1.5 Million Tons of greenhouse gas pollution annually </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>How frequently do you travel? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Air Travel A single cross-country flight pollutes as much a the typical car pollutes in half a year. Short-haul flights and private jets are 50% more polluting. Pollution is considered more impactful for global warming since at high altitudes Sources: ACCB and Annual Energy Review 2006, Energy Information Administration, US Government
  14. 14. <ul><li>Does your company consider CO2 when selecting cargo transport? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Truck Cargo Trucks move 67% of US cargo Trucks are twice as polluting as rail
  16. 16. Air Cargo Air is most polluting of cargo transport methods per ton moved Over 5 times more than truck Over 10 times more than rail Over 30 times more than ship
  17. 17. <ul><li>Activities your business can start today to </li></ul><ul><li>save money </li></ul><ul><li>while reducing green house gas </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>First Steps </li></ul><ul><li>Measure </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Set goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Year-over-year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce to 1990 levels by 2020 – California state goal, being considered by Federal government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start competition among departments for greatest improvements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Educate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your employees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your suppliers and partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your customers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Purchase carbon offsets </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Next Steps </li></ul><ul><li>Priority sequence </li></ul><ul><li>Promote better commuting options </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Telecommuting - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make public transport more convenient by sponsoring company transport for the “last mile” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide transport between local company sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If a smaller company, band together with others </li></ul></ul><ul><li>When transporting cargo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use ships and trains over trucks and air </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ship items together </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask your supplier to ship green </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask your customers to ship green </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Travel less </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Once relationships are established use teleconferencing and other Web2.0 technology as an alternative </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Fleet Related Steps </li></ul><ul><li>Implement proven methods – available now – to improve efficiency by 20 to 35% </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce Idle Time – 20 – 40% of engine use is idle time </li></ul><ul><li>Improve Route scheduling </li></ul><ul><li>Perform regular Equipment Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Complete Driver training </li></ul><ul><li>Deploy alternate source to heat / cool cab </li></ul>