July 28, 2009

AASHTO transportation Website targets GHGs

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has launched a new Website to highlight strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation.

 

The Website, Real Transportation Solutions for Green House Gas Emissions, includes best practices, state examples, research findings, and links to other climate change information sites.

 

AASHTO's new Website provides information on four basic strategies: Smarter driving; better fuels; better cars; and improving the efficiency and operation of the transportation system.

 

The Website also highlights the wide spectrum of research that is under way or planned to further evaluate the effectiveness of greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies.

 

In addition, the organization has also issued a companion brochure, titled Real Transportation Solutions to Greenhouse Gas Emissions. To download the report and to access the Website go to http://www.transportation1.org/RealSolutions.

 

"State departments of transportation are committed to doing our share to reach a goal of reducing greenhouse gases in the United States 80 percent by 2050, compared to 2005 levels," said AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley.

 

"When you consider that autos and light-duty trucks contribute 16.5 percent of the greenhouse gases in the United States, it's obvious to us that transportation must play a significant role in the solution," said Horsley. "The key is to invest in realistic and livable solutions that can help us meet our GHG reduction goals."

 

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