The Minnesota Dept. of Transportation (MnDOT) recently announced plans to decarbonize the state’s transportation sector, its largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. E3’s analysis formed the basis of the report’s recommendations.
MnDOT’s near-term action items include analyzing GHG emissions related to transportation projects; promoting regional collaboration on electric vehicle (EV) corridors; and creating a Sustainable Transportation Advisory Council. Adopting state-level clean car standards would also help build the market for new and used EVs.
E3 was commissioned to help the state achieve emissions reductions of 30% by 2025 and 80% by 2050 in accordance with Minnesota’s 2007 Next Generation Energy Act. The state missed its 2015 target and is currently not on track to meet future targets.
The report, Pathways to Decarbonizing Transportation in Minnesota, involved collaboration with the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Local partner Great Plains Institute facilitated an extensive stakeholder and public engagement process where E3 participated and presented.
Grand Forks Herald, “Minnesota Releases Plan to Reduce Harmful Vehicle Emissions“
Transport Topics, “Minnesota DOT Identifies Strategies for Decarbonization“
CBS Minnesota, “Minnesota Gearing Up for a Future Full of Electric Cars“