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Carbon Neutrality Study 1:Driving California’s Transportation Emissions to Zero

  • Author(s): Brown, Austin L.;
  • Fleming, Kelly L.;
  • Lipman, Timothy;
  • Fulton, Lew;
  • Saphores, Jean Daniel;
  • Tal, Gil;
  • Murphy, Colin;
  • Shaheen, Susan;
  • Austin, Bernadette;
  • Garcia Sanchez, Juan Carlos;
  • Martin, Elliot;
  • Miller, Marshall;
  • Hyland, Michael;
  • Handy, Susan;
  • Delucchi, Mark A.;
  • Coffee, Daniel;
  • DeShazo, JR
  • et al.

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The purpose of this study overall is to explore the policy pathways to achieve a zero carbon transportation system in California by 2045. The purpose of this synthesis report is to describe the existing state of knowledge and policy related to energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transportation sector, especially in California. It is an interim product of the larger study, which will use this report as the baseline and policy context sections. The report comprises four sections. Section 1 provides an overview of the major components of transportation systems and how those components interact. Section 2 explores key underlying concepts in transportation, including equity, health, employment, and environmental justice (EJ). Section 3 discusses California’s current transportation-policy landscape. Section 4 analyzes projected social, environmental, and economic outcomes of transportation under a “business as usual (BAU)” scenario—i.e., a scenario with no significant transportation-policy changes.

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