Transportation Efficiency in the 21st Century

Transportation Efficiency in the 21st Century

UC Washington Center
Washington, DC
November 12, 2010

An ACEEE 30th Anniversary Symposium:
Transportation Efficiency in the 21st Century

Big changes are afoot in the transportation sector in the U.S.and around the world. It is a time of great opportunity and daunting challenges: multiple powertrain technologies are appearing in the light-duty market for the first time in one hundred years; hundreds of American communities are finding ways to improve quality of life through changes that reduce the need to drive; oil dependence, fuel prices and climate change trade places on the front page. This one-day symposium will explore pathways to far greater energy efficiency in transportation and how these pathways may relate to other changes in technology, infrastructure and behavior.

ACEEE, which celebrates its 30th Anniversary in 2010, is hosting the symposium to build a vision for the next 30 years.  Attendees will include experts in vehicle technology, transportation planning and freight movement; policy makers; and industry and agency representatives. An opening session will lay out the challenges for the sector as a whole and the role of energy efficiency in addressing them.  Subsequent sessions will explore energy efficiency and livable communities; the future of auto technology; energy efficiency in goods movement; and opportunities for new transportation policies.


Topics to be addressed include:

  • Quantifying and harnessing the potential contribution of livable communities to oil savings, greenhouse gas reduction and economic growth
  • Incremental vs. discontinuous change in travel and technology
  • Critical performance and cost issues for petroleum, battery-electric, and fuel cell vehicles
  • Changes in behavior, infrastructure, business models and the auto industry associated with advanced technologies  
  • Development patterns, advanced logistics, and freight system efficiency
  • Relationship between green vehicles and a cleaner grid
  • The future of fuel efficiency policy
  • Transportation in a multi-sector climate policy

ACEEE’s goal for this conference, as for all of our 30th Anniversary events, is to build and articulate a common vision for the long-term role and path for energy efficiency in America. We seek to understand near- and long-term efficiency opportunities and obstacles, and to leave the symposium with a better understanding of how ACEEE and our partners can achieve these goals in the years and decades ahead.


Printable Program

7:30 am to 8:30 am


Multipurpose Rooom C

8:30 am to 8:40 am


Multipurpose Rooom A&B


Steve Nadel, Executive Director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

8:40 am to 9:45 am

Oil, Climate and the Economy: Transportation in the 21st Century

Multipurpose Rooom A&B

Lead Presenters

David Greene, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Shelley Poticha, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Facilitator: Scott Bernstein, Center for Neighborhood Technology

9:45 am to 10:35 am

Energy Savings through Livable Communities: What’s Possible and Next Steps

Multipurpose Rooom A&B

Lead Presenter:

Michael Replogle, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy

Facilitator: Allison Bishins, World Resources Institute

10:35 am to 10:50 pm


Multipurpose Rooom C

10:50 am to 12:10 pm

Future Car: How Far and How Fast 

Multipurpose Rooom A&B

Lead Presenters:

John German, International Council on Clean Transportation

Joseph Romm, Climate Progress

Facilitator: Therese Langer, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)


12:10 pm to 12:30 pm

Brainstorming Session

Multipurpose Rooom A&B

Facilitator: Alison Silverstein, Board Member, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm


Multipurpose Rooom A&B



David Shepardson, Detroit News
Facilitator: Suzanne Watson, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)


1:30 pm to 2:50 pm

Freight Efficiency: Advances and Innovations

Multipurpose Rooom A&B

Lead Presenters:

Anthony Greszler, Volvo

James Cunningham, U.S. Postal Service                          

Facilitator: Michael Roeth, North American Council for Freight Efficiency

2:50 pm to 3:10 pm


Multipurpose Rooom C

3:10 pm to 4:30 pm

Sustainable Transportation Policy

Multipurpose Rooom A&B

Lead Presenters:

Michael Carr, Senate Energy Committee

J.J. Brown, Office of Senator Orrin Hatch

Joshua Schank, National Transportation Policy Project

Mariel Lim, Office of Representative Albio Sires


Jan Mueller, Environmental and Energy Study Institute

4:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Brainstorming and Closing Remarks

Multipurpose Room A&B


End of Symposium