Vehicles and fuels add up to well over 80% of CCBJ’s estimated $69 billion in U.S. transportation business in the climate change industry in 2009. The segment grew 15% and 16% in 2007 and 2008, respectively, and 2009’s 12% decline was largely an effect of declining vehicle and fuel sales in the recession. Growth is expected to return in 2010, although at a modest rate given the slow recovery in vehicle sales, and is forecast at 10-12% annual growth from 2011-2012.
Inside this edition:
- Biofuels: Forward-looking energy companies and investors have moved on to advanced biofuels like cellulosic ethanol made from crop residues and other waste materials, biomass-based diesel and biobutanol from renewable biomass.
- Low-Carbon Vehicles: Stories explore the merits, advantages and challenges of all the major contenders to the low-carbon vehicle throne and describe how the industry is preparing to manage the dramatic uptick in demand that would accompany a major roll-out of plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles.
- Using information technology to facilitate efficient traffic management, ridesharing and transit usage appears to be a growing business. Consultants and experts describe the technologies and winning business models.
More than 25 experts including AECOM, Biofuels Digest, Cambridge Systematics, David Evans & Associates, Electric Power Research Institute, Emerging Markets, Ford Motor Co., Greenman Pedersen, Local Government Commission, Parsons Brinckerhoff, PBS&J, PG&E, Sempra, and U.S. Marine Corps.