SEMINAR: Innovative Policy Strategies for Minimizing Driving and Potential GHG Savings

SEMINAR: Innovative Policy Strategies for Minimizing Driving and Potential GHG Savings

Seminar Abstract 

This talk explores research that the speaker and his co-author have performed about potential regulatory and other approaches to help achieve goals for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by setting transportation efficiency targets that are based on simultaneously deploying (a) pay-as-you-drive-and-you-save (PAYDAYS) car insurance, (b) parking cash out, and (c) the conversion of state and local sales taxes on newly purchased vehicles to mileage taxes designed to raise equivalent revenue.  These strategies, which all relate to converting fixed driving costs to variable per-mile charges and offering cash savings in lieu of parking that is bundled or otherwise provided for free, serve to encourage voluntary minimizing of driving and thereby have the concomitant benefits of reduced GHG emissions, air pollution, roadway congestion, and automobile crashes.  The research quantifies the significant potential annual GHG emission reduction benefits of these strategies, ranging from 140 to 257 million metric tons (MMT) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), and explores the potential to implement the strategies under alternative regulatory and non-regulatory approaches.

Seminar Speaker(s) 

Allen Greenberg
Policy Analyst, Federal Highway Administration

Allen Greenberg has 25 years of experience in analyzing and advocating for sustainable U.S transportation policy at the national and regional levels from both inside and outside of government.  As a senior policy analyst at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Mr. Greenberg has played a leadership role with the Value Pricing Pilot Program, developing and managing transportation pricing pilot initiatives.  Mr. Greenberg has designed, secured funding for, and managed a broad range of innovative pay‑as‑you‑drive (PAYD) pilots (including car insurance, vehicle leases and taxes, car sharing, household vehicle ownership reduction incentives, and parking charges), enabling financial savings through reduced driving.  Mr. Greenberg has authored ten peer-reviewed research papers on pay-as-you-drive (PAYD) insurance and also various articles on PAYD insurance and parking pricing.  He holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.



May 3, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm