Transportation needs in BC collectively yield the largest aggregate source of GHG emissions. This project aims to tackle that problem directly by identifying viable pathways for developing low-or-zero emission pathways for sustainable air, land and domestic marine transportation. A key focus will be identifying the expansion potential for high-tech renewable energy use and generation within the transport sector, including electric trolleys, fleets, buses, rail, personal electric vehicles, hybrids and bikes and the optimal topologies for recharging and refuelling networks. Other foci, to be explored across multimodal transportation systems, include the potential for increased adoption of hydrogen and associated fuel cell technology and the distribution potential of alternative fuels including compressed (CNG), liquefied (LNG) and renewable (RNG) natural gas. The research team will incorporate land use planning and urban design into the exploration of these modes and their potential deployment. The modeling and analysis effort will take a systems approach to reduce transport GHG emissions while simultaneously assessing social readiness and market support for changes to our transportation systems.
Project lead: Dr. Walter Mérida, Director, Clean Energy Research Centre, UBC