Reducing emissions from North Carolina’s transportation system is the theme of a just-released study.

Its conclusions are blunt: “Reducing North Carolina’s GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions will require the state to make significant commitments, embrace new technologies, and implement new policies and incentives to enable and encourage consumers and businesses in North Carolina to lower their consumption of fossil fuels.”

The study is called, EVOLVING TRANSPORTATION IN NORTH CAROLINA: An Analysis of Emission Reduction Pathways for North Carolina’s Transportation Sector  

The report channels Executive Order 80, used for the state government to write a “Clean Energy Plan.”

So often when transportation is mentioned, cars come to mind. The report expands that thinking.

“No single policy or mechanism alone can close the [emissions] gap,” says the report. Acting fast and for the long term is emphasized.

So often controlling greenhouse gas emissions are considered a utility-only issue. Looking at transportation shows that controlling emissions can require a deeply personal commitment. It can also require actions from local and regional governments for issues such as mass transit.

Four tracks are recommended for action, and scenarios are discussed for each. (right, from the report)

Each track has an estimated amount of emissions avoided. (left, from the report) The net cost of getting there needs discussion.

This Quick Take is a brief look at this study, which is worth the time to read and consider how you as a consumer want to respond. The sponsors of the study have definite perspectives. RTI is known for its high-quality research.