Carbon Neutrality Webinar Series: Policy Scenarios for Achieving Carbon Neutrality in Transportation by 2045 in California

DATE: June 23, 2021

TIME: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

LOCATION: Online

EVENT OVERVIEW: California has taken a leadership role in reducing carbon emissions, setting a goal of carbon neutrality by 2045. Decarbonizing transportation, the largest source of emissions in the state, will be key to achieving this goal. This webinar series highlights findings from a recently released state-commissioned study - Driving California’s Transportation Emissions to Zero - that identifies scenarios and related actions for achieving a carbon-neutral transportation system in California, while also improving equity, health, and the economy. A central aspect of the state-commissioned study was to identify pathways to reach zero carbon road transportation systems by 2045. The UC Institute of Transportation Studies explored options and costs of various strategies, and developed a central low-carbon scenario along with several “side case” scenarios for the state to consider. The scenarios explore the rates of zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sales increases and the extent to which various other low-carbon fuels will need to be adopted by key dates. The associated costs of following these pathways is also considered and compared to a “business as usual” scenario. This webinar will provide a high-level summary of the considerations, assumptions, and performance of each scenario along with a discussion of implications for policy in the near-, medium-, and longer-term.

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