Two Billion Cars and
What it Means for Climate and Energy Policy
Monday, April 13, 2009, Noon
Building 66 Auditorium
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
The world is headed toward two billion vehicles. Is this sustainable? Not without transforming vehicles, fuels, and transportation generally-not only in the U.S., but virtually everywhere. Professor Sperling will examine the roots of the problem: the resistant auto industry, dysfunctional oil markets, shortsighted government policies, and unmotivated consumers. He will focus on the role of innovation and policy in bringing about low carbon fuels, electric-drive vehicles, socially-responsible behavior, enhanced mobility services, and low-carbon cities.
Professor Daniel Sperling
- University of California, Davis
- Director, Institute of Transportation Studies
- Acting Director, Energy Efficiency Center
- Professor, Civil Engineering & Environmental Science and Policy
- Board member, California Air Resources Board
Daniel Sperling is Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy, founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, interim Director of the Energy Efficiency Center at UC Davis (ITS-Davis). In February 2007, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Dr. Sperling to the "automotive" seat on the California Air Resources Board. He is author or editor of 200 papers and reports and 11 books (including "Two Billion Cars" by University Press), has served on 12 National Academies committees and was selected as a National Associate of the National Academies, and chairs the Future of Mobility committee of the (Davos) World Economic Forum. He has testified 11 times to the U.S. Congress and California Legislature on alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technology. He serves on many advisory committees and advises senior executives of many automotive and energy companies, environmental groups, and national governments, including review committees at three DOE national laboratories.
Professor Sperling earned his Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (with minors in Economics and Energy & Resources) and his B.S. in Environmental Engineering and Urban Planning from Cornell University. He worked for two years as an environmental planner for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and two years as an urban planner in the Peace Corps in Honduras. He has won numerous awards and honors and affiliated with or appointed by over 70 editorial boards, standing committees/boards of transportaion, energy, and climate. He also makes as many as 25 presentations per year around the world.