We at EDF have written a lot about the need to transform the nation’s aging electricity system. Now, more than ever, we have to transition away from fossil fuel electricity to reduce our out-of-control greenhouse gas emissions. With renewables poised to make up a quarter of the world’s electricity mix by 2018, it appears we’re making steady progress toward a modern, clean energy grid.
But there’s another global energy system that’s often overlooked: the transportation system. An overwhelming majority of the world’s transportation infrastructure is powered by fossil fuels. Ordinary passenger vehicles, short and long-haul trucks, freight rail, and large cargo ships are all fueled by petroleum. And unlike the grid, we’re still far from transitioning to a clean alternative.
EDF has spearheaded a number of initiatives to help reduce the environmental impact of transportation. Last month, we released a request for proposals for a marine port environmental recognition program. The program will help establish performance benchmarks for ports, so that we can identify and acknowledge those ports making strides toward reducing emissions and improving air quality. EDF is also part of the brain trust of organizations, such as the National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board, working to understand the best practices to modernize the global transportation system and reduce transportation’s environmental footprint. Read More