Transportation Energy Analysis

Transportation energy represents one of the EERA team's particular strengths, combining our analytical skills with extensive knowledge of transportation systems (highway, marine, rail; infrastructure and vehicle technologies; emissions, economic, and energy use).  We have experience developing a variety of models and using existing off-the-shelf models, including the New York Greenhouse Gas and Regulated Emissions and Energy Use in Transportation (NY-GREET) model for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).  Members of the EERA team were responsible for developing the Total Emissions and Energy Analysis for Marine Systems (TEAMS) model, which can estimate total fuel cycle emissions for marine vessels. 

Environmental Impact Studies 

EERA can conduct a variety of environmental analyses using state-of-the-art modeling tools that comply with the U.S. EPA's latest modeling guidelines.  We can also provide modeling services and programming to create modeling systems that expressly meets your needs.   EERA contributed to the Report to Congress on Transportation’s Impact on Climate Change and Solutions in 2010.  The project involved an assessment for Congress on issues related to greenhouse gas emissions from various transportation sources including ships, trucks, locomotives, and light-duty vehicles.  

Alternate Transportation Fuels Analysis

EERA provides specialized services related to the evaluation of energy and environmental impacts of transportation technologies and policies.  We have worked with a number of clients, including NYSERDA, to assess greenhouse gas and criteria pollutants related to biofuel development and use, heavy-duty vehicle operations and technology, marine shipping, electric vehicles, and other alternative fuels.  EERA analyzed the total fuel cycle for alternative marine fuels focusing on sulfur and greenhouse gas emissions tradeoffs of California's proposed low-sulfur marine fuels.

Mobile Source Emissions Modeling

For both mobile and stationary sources related to transportation modes, terminals, facilities, and ports, the EERA team can analyze the impacts of various technology policy decisions based on quantitative analysis of energy and combustion technologies.  Our expertise ranges from simple spreadsheet models specific for your needs, to existing environmental software packages (e.g., EPA's MOVES model, DOE's GREET model, etc.), to optimization modeling that can identify preferred ways to meet your emissions and environmental goals.