Analysis of GHG Emissions Reduction Policies on Commuters and Organizations

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CEPA) reported in 2014 that the transportation sector accounted for 26% of total reported greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, representing one of the major contributors in all sectors. Passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks contribute more than 60% of transportation-related GHG emissions. Several guidelines are currently available by departments of transportation (DOTs) which pursue the goal of reducing single occupant vehicle travel in communities in order to reduce transportation-related GHG emissions. To date, however, these guidelines and approaches have had limited success. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) has recently shifted its focus from driver delay to reduction of GHG emissions and the creation of multimodal systems. Furthermore, several states have explored policies intended to reduce GHG emissions. This research presents analysis and comparison of GHG emissions mitigation programs, including parking cash-out, employer-paid transit pass, and cap-and-trade. The present analysis is conducted for commuters with various commute travel distances and the impacts of implementing the aforementioned programs are generated from commuter and organization perspectives. Findings of implementing these programs showed promising results in reducing GHG emissions and transportation costs of students and universities. Findings also indicate that such policies can directly impact the bottom-line for businesses as well as best practices for DOTs.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 594-603
  • Monograph Title: Construction Research Congress 2018: Sustainable Design and Construction and Education

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01684815
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784481301
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Oct 4 2018 4:50PM