Handbook for Estimating Transportation Greenhouse Gases for Integration into the Planning Process Jody McCullough Federal Highway Administration

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  • Handbook for Estimating Transportation Greenhouse Gases for Integration into the Planning Process Jody McCullough Federal Highway Administration
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  • Webinar Agenda 1.Handbook Overview 2.Background on GHGs in Transportation 3.GHG Analysis in the Transportation Planning Process 4.Methods and Tools for GHG analysis Key Methods Fuel-based Methods VMT-based Methods Alternative Approaches, Strategy Analysis Methods, & Additional Considerations 5.Summary 6.Presentations from Sample Areas: XXXXXXXX 7.Questions & Answers 2
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  • HANDBOOK OVERVIEW 3
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  • Need for Handbook No federal requirement for state DOTs and MPOs to consider GHG impacts of transportation plans, but there is growing interest in analyzing GHG emissions in the transportation planning process. Some state DOTs and MPOs may have state or local requirements. State DOTs and MPOs still face questions: How can GHG emissions analyses be applied in the transportation planning process? What are the most appropriate methods to use? What data are needed, and what are common sources? What are the strengths and limitations of different approaches?
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  • Handbook Purpose To help state DOTs and MPOs of all sizes and capabilities understand possible approaches, data sources, and step-by- step procedures for analyzing GHG emissions in the planning process. Designed to: Be user friendly and informative, particularly for State DOTs and MPOs that have limited experience with emissions analysis. Provide references to more detailed user manuals and technical resources.
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  • Including GHG Analysis in the Transportation Planning Process
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  • Types of GHG Analysis within the Planning Process GHG analysis falls into three broad categories based on purpose and timeframe: 1. Inventories - past or current emissions levels; 2. Forecasts - predictions about future emissions, potentially under different transportation investment or policy scenarios; 3. Strategy analysis emissions effects of transportation strategies or sets of strategies, either to document the impact of existing programs or to forecast the potential impacts.
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  • Handbook Sections Handbook includes: 1.Introduction 2.Overview: Estimating GHG Emissions in the Planning Process 3.What Methodologies are Applicable in Your Situation? 4.Fuel-based Methods 5.VMT-based Methods 6.Alternative GHG Estimation Approaches 7.Specific Transportation Strategy Analysis Methods 8.Additional Considerations in GHG Analysis: Lifecycle Analysis and GHG Emissions from Transportation Construction & Maintenance 9.References 8
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  • BACKGROUND ON GREENHOUSE GASES IN TRANSPORTATION 9
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  • Greenhouse Gases Gases that trap heat in the atmosphere are often called greenhouse gases (GHGs) The principal GHGs that enter the atmosphere because of human activities are: Carbon Dioxide (CO 2 ) Methane (CH 4 ) Nitrous Oxide (N 2 O) Fluorinated Gases
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  • GHGs are Different GHG emissions differ from criteria air pollutants currently regulated under the Clean Air Act: The environmental impact of GHGs is the same regardless of where or when they are released. GHGs encompass at least six different gases. There are no means of using air quality monitoring data to designate nonattainment areas. GHGs persist in the atmosphere for decades; thus cumulative emissions are important. 11
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  • Transportation GHGs About one third (27%) of GHG emissions in the U.S. come from transportation. U.S. GHG Emissions Allocated to Economic Sectors, 1990 - 2010 Most transportation emissions come from on-road sources.
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  • Factors affecting GHG Emissions from Transportation CO 2 emissions are a function of vehicle technology and activity, transportation infrastructure, and external factors.
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  • GHG ANALYSIS IN THE PLANNING PROCESS 14
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  • Why Include GHGs in the Planning Process? Better understand environmental implications of LRTPs Address environmental sustainability within performance- based planning efforts Support state/local climate action planning efforts
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  • Why Include GHGs in the Planning Process? (continued) Complement planning and environment linkages (PEL) efforts PEL is designed to help planners address complex environmental challenges early on. Can help minimize duplication of effort later on in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for projects included in the plan. A planning level analysis has several advantages compared to project-level analysis: System-wide approach Broader geographic scope Longer time scale 16
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  • METHODS AND TOOLS 17
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  • Methods for Estimating On-Road GHG Emissions Two common methods exist for estimating GHG emissions: Fuel-based methods Note: The emissions factor will depend on the fuel type VMT-based methods Note: The emissions factor will depend on vehicle type, technology/fuel type, speeds and operating conditions; different emissions factors are available for CO 2, N 2 O, and CH 4 Fuel Consumed Emission Factors CO 2 Emissions GHG Emissions VMT Emission Factors
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  • Methods for Estimating On-Road GHG Emissions (continued) Other approaches discussed in the Handbook include: Alternative GHG Estimation Approaches Commodity flow based methods Energy and Emissions Reduction Policy Analysis Tool (EERPAT) Specific Transportation Strategy Analysis Methods Conducted to analyze specific strategies, such as land use, operations strategies, and freight strategies. Often used in combination with fuel-based or VMT-based methods. Additional Considerations in GHG Analysis Life cycle analysis Transportation construction and maintenance emissions
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  • What are the most appropriate methods to use?
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  • FUEL-BASED METHODS 21
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  • Fuel-based Methods: An Overview Fuel Consumed (e.g., gallons) Emission Factors (e.g., CO2 per gallon) CO2 Emissions 22 Only accounts for CO 2, not other GHGs Most applicable at the state level, where fuel data are typically available Assigns emissions based on fuel sales; may not match with transportation planning assumptions about VMT Forecasts typically do not account for impacts of transportation investments
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  • Fuel-based Methods: Collecting Fuel Consumption Data Fuel Consumed (e.g., gallons) Emission Factors (e.g., CO2 per gallon) CO2 Emissions Common Data Sources: State fuel sales data and projections (generated for tax revenue purposes) FHWAs Highway Statistics report Data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), including forecasts in the Annual Energy Outlook
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  • Fuel-based Methods: Calculating Emissions Fuel Consumed (e.g., gallons) Emission Factors (e.g., CO2 per gallon) CO2 Emissions 24 Emissions factors vary by type of fuel (e.g., motor gasoline, diesel, LPG) Common Sources / Tools: Emissions factor tables from EIA or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tools that include emissions factors : State Inventory Tool (SIT) State Inventory Projection Tool
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  • Fuel-based Methods: Emissions Factors Transportation FuelEmission Factors Kilograms CO 2 Per Unit of Volume Kilograms CO 2 Per Million Btu Aviation Gasoline8.32per gallon69.19 Biodiesel -B1000per gallon0 -B208.12per gallon59.44 -B109.13per gallon66.35 -B59.64per gallon69.76 -B29.94per gallon71.80 Diesel Fuel10.15per gallon73.15 Ethanol/Ethanol Blends -E1000per gallon0 -E851.34per gallon14.79 -E10 (Gasohol)8.02per gallon66.30 -M1004.11per gallon63.62 -M854.83per gallon65.56 Motor Gasoline8.91per gallon71.26 Jet Fuel, Kerosene9.57per gallon70.88 Natural Gas54.60per thousand cubic feet53.06 Propane5.74per gallon63.07 Residual Fuel11.79per gallon78.80 Emissions Factors, available at: http://www.eia.gov/environment/data.cfmhttp://www.eia.gov/environment/data.cfm Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration
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  • Example: Vermont Statewide GHG Inventory and Forecast Vermont GHG Inventory: Developed using SIT software and methods in Emissions Inventory Improvement Program (EIIP) guidance Default motor fuel consumption data within SIT were replaced with gasoline consumption estimates from state tax data Vermont GHG Projections: Estimated future fuel consumption using VMT projections combined with estimated vehicle fuel economy from EIA and information on new vehicle GHG standards 26 SIT CO 2 emissions factors were applied to calculate CO 2 emissions
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  • VMT-BASED METHODS 27
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  • VMT-based Methods: An Overview 28 VMT (miles) Emission Factors (grams / mile) GHG Emissions Can be used to estimate CO 2 and other GHGs Relies on VMT data commonly used in transportation planning Can be conducted at various levels of sophistication Involves two main components: 1) Developing VMT estimates; 2) Estimating emissions (relying on simple emission factors or use of sophisticated emissions models)
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  • VMT-based Methods: Estimating VMT 29 VMT (miles) Emission Factors (grams / mile) GHG Emissions The first step in developing a GHG emissions estimate is developing estimates of VMT. There are a range of data sources an