The Coalition for Reimagined Mobility (ReMo) applauds the U.S. Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization released jointly on Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Transportation, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as an essential step toward cutting all greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector by 2050 and reducing America’s dependence on oil.
This collaborative strategy brings together several government agencies, historic levels of funding, and a robust toolbox to tackle the primary challenge of our age and create a modern, multimodal, sustainable transportation system that serves all.
Our transportation networks are the lifeblood of our economy. This landmark U.S. Blueprint shows the way to decarbonize the transportation systems we rely on to move people and goods. The Blueprint’s emphasis on increasing efficiency and convenience “by expanding affordable, accessible, and efficient” transportation options and better access to jobs and services is core to ReMo’s mission.
Additionally, we are pleased to see the Blueprint call out the need for more efficient supply chains as a means for reducing emissions: “New technologies can help improve multimodal freight transport and logistics and enable the use of shared transport assets and services, and more effectively respond to changes or unexpected delays using real-time data.”
This aligns with ReMo’s work on supply chain data standards and underscores the findings in our report, “Solving the Global Supply Chain Crisis with Data Sharing.” ReMo’s research found that data sharing across the freight value chain and adoption of data standards could reduce emissions by 22% and air pollution in port communities by 40%. As we deepen our work with the Federal Maritime Commission on data exchange standards, the Blueprint only underscores the urgency of the work.
ReMo is encouraged to see the Blueprint acknowledge the need for meaningful coordination between the private sector and regulators. We look forward to working with the agencies on the forthcoming Action Plans to develop policies, and provide meaningful insights and applied research to implement the changes needed to achieve the goals outlined in the Blueprint to decarbonize the transportation sector.
Christine Weydig is the Executive Director for the Coalition for Reimagined Mobility (ReMo).