Volpe’s Energy Analysis and Sustainability Division evaluates the technical feasibility, environmental sustainability, and safety of advanced vehicle and fuel technologies from a multimodal, system-wide perspective.
We work with transportation leaders to guide policies and regulations that reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Our team specializes in three key areas of expertise:
- Technology evaluation: Researching and evaluating advanced vehicle and fuel technologies with a focus on technical feasibility, environmental sustainability, safety, efficient integration, social benefits, and costs.
- Policy development and implementation: Providing assistance to leaders to help them develop and implement national policies and regulations that promote reductions in transportation energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Safety and sustainability: Evaluating the risks and benefits of technologies and policies designed to promote environmental sustainability, while maintaining or enhancing transportation system safety.
- Regulatory analysis
- Cost-benefit analysis
- Alternative fuel assessment
- Measurement and modeling
- Risk assessment
- Policy development and implementation support
- Sustainability system application and development (e.g., green rating systems, high performance sustainable building practices)
- Greenhouse gas accounting and reduction system development
- Refined building energy modeling (e.g., DOE’s EnergyPlus)
- Led research for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI).
- Assisted FAA in developing a fuel readiness evaluation tool for new, alternative jet fuel.
- Evaluated the feasibility of transporting alternative jet fuels over the current transportation network.
- Developed a national model for evaluating alternative fuel transport patterns, costs, and impacts.
- Provided research and insight to the DOT Deputy Secretary for the Department’s intermodal alternative fuel road-mapping efforts.
- Assisted transportation facility operators in making their buildings and operations carbon neutral.
- Helped FAA develop a requirement to implement sustainable buildings for airport and air traffic facilities.
- Partnered with MassDOT on the Carbon Neutral Airport Pilot Program.
Technology and safety:
- Assisted in developing regulations requiring truck manufacturers to reduce energy use.
- Aided National Park Service in evaluating and procuring advanced technology vehicles for passenger transport and park maintenance.
- Administered pilot tests of alternative fuel vehicles.
- Helped FAA author new regulations for pilot work hours.
View selected staff biographies.