Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:00pm
Frank H. T. Rhodes Hall, 253
Ezra's Round Table/Systems Seminar: David L. Greene (ORNL) - Transitioning Motor Vehicles to Sustainable Energy: New Challenges for Public Policy and Engineering
“Without question a radical transformation of the present energy system will be required over the coming decades.” (IIASA, Global Energy Assessment, p. xiii)
Past large-scale energy transitions have been driven by technological change and market forces, and have taken on the order of half a century to complete. Accomplishing a large-scale energy transition to secure public goods (climate protection, energy security, and sustainability) poses new challenges for public policy, economics and engineering. The petroleum-fueled, internal combustion engine powered transportation system has been perfected over a century and is supported by a vast human and capital infrastructure. Transitioning to sustainable energy sources will require: 1) improved alternative vehicle technologies, 2) new knowledge and methods for policy analysis and planning and, 3) a new paradigm for public policy that can cope with long-time scales, large public investments and deep uncertainty.
Bio: David L. Greene is a Corporate Fellow of Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he has researched transportation energy policy issues for the U.S. government for 35 years, a Senior Fellow of the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy and a Research Professor of Economics at the University of Tennessee. Greene is an author of more than 250 publications on transportation, energy and related issues. He is an emeritus member of both the Energy and Alternative Fuels Committees of the Transportation Research Board and a lifetime National Associate of the National Academies, having served on 11 NRC Committees, most recently on the Committee on Transitions to Alternative Vehicles and Fuels. He has testified to Committees of the U.S. Congress on a dozen occasions. He is a recipient of the TRB’s 2012 Roy W. Crum Award for distinguished achievement in transportation research, the TRB’s Pyke Johnson Award, the Society of Automotive Engineers’ 2004 Barry D. McNutt Award for Excellence in Automotive Policy Analysis, the Department of Energy’s 2007 Hydrogen R&D Award and 2011 Vehicle Technologies R&D Award, the International Association for Energy Economics’ Award for Outstanding Paper of 1999 for his research on the rebound effect, the Association of American Geographers’ 2011 Edward L. Ullman Award, and was recognized by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for contributions to the IPCC’s receipt of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. from the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.