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Nine states and DC move forward on transportation carbon pricing alliance

By Eric Sundquist Nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, plus the District of Columbia, announced Tuesday that they would design a joint climate strategy over the next year and then put it up for state-by-state adoption. The policy will, according to the joint announcement, “reduce carbon

Ecommerce fulfillment centers increasing freight pollution, congestion in rural towns

By Chet Edelman As of 2018, about 5 percent of total retail sales in the United States occurred through online shopping. For the upcoming holiday season that share is temporarily expected to jump to 16.7 percent. In order to keep up with ever-increasing demand, ecommerce companies such as Amazon

Gas stations venting ten times more gas vapor than once believed

By Michael Brenneis Exposure to the chemicals contained in gasoline vapor poses serious risk to human health. Technologies have been implemented to reduce the amount of gasoline vapor released along the supply chain and during the routine fueling of vehicles. The evaporative loss during storage

Pricing mechanisms key to reducing transportation emissions

By Chris McCahill Cities, counties, and states are setting ambitious emissions reduction goals, requiring them to cut transportation sector emissions, which account for more than a quarter of the national total. Electric vehicles powered by clean energy could make a big difference, but it is

Northeast looks at GHG reductions that boost the economy

By Eric Sundquist Clean transportation investments funded by market-based user charges would reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also providing a net economic benefit, a study for five Northeastern states and the District of Columbia contends. The study was released to coincide with

Highway capacity won’t relieve congestion or lower emissions, studies conclude

By Eric Sunquist A commonly cited strategy to achieve lower emissions and energy use is highway capacity expansion intended to reduce delay. Such a strategy, which has justified many a CMAQ project, is straightforward and appealing to motorists who dislike traffic. But, as a new brief from

There’s more to roadway emissions than what comes out of the tailpipe

By Bill Holloway While the push to reduce vehicle emissions has focused on cleaner fuels, more efficient engines, and other technologies that can reduce or eliminate tailpipe emissions, non-tailpipe emissions have remained largely under the radar. Non-tailpipe emissions include dust generated

Massachusetts looks towards carbon pricing to reduce GHG emissions

By Bill Holloway Last month Massachusetts released a study investigating how the commonwealth could implement a revenue-neutral carbon fee or tax to support the state’s GHG reduction goals. Massachusetts’ Department of Energy Resources requested that the researchers develop a system that

WebGIFT marks a promising step toward greener logistics

By Bill Holloway WebGIFT, developed by the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Delaware, is a web-based tool that allows users to optimize their shipping modes and routes based on time, distance, or emissions per twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) shipped. The tool allows users

Building the market: Putting Zero-Emission Vehicles on the road

By Mary Ebeling We rarely give a second thought to the infrastructure of the humble gas station—its existence is taken for granted—but it took decades for the service station infrastructure to be built out, enabling longer- distance travel. As we enter an era where more drivers are