October 22, 2020 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (ET)

Reducing Emissions in Transportation: Technology and Policy Options

Event Description:

In many regions, transportation has become the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions as other sectors, such as electricity generation, have succeeded in curbing their carbon footprint. Decarbonizing transportation is therefore an increasingly urgent cornerstone of any effective strategy to mitigate climate change. Efforts to reduce emissions from conventional vehicles through fuel efficiency mandates and tailpipe emission standards have proven costly and susceptible to manipulation, however. Going forward, electrification is widely seen as a key lever of decarbonization in the transportation sector, but with far-reaching implications for vehicle cost and infrastructure planning, and with repercussions for the broader electricity system. This webinar will feature two experts on transportation policy and economics, who will draw on recent research work to discuss challenges and opportunities on the path towards a low-carbon transportation sector.


Christopher Knittel

Christopher Knittel is the George P Shultz Professor of Energy Economics and a Professor of Applied Economics in the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He directs the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR) at MIT. CEEPR, established in 1977 is the hub for social science work related to energy and the environment. Knittel is also the Deputy Director for Policy of the MIT Energy Initiative, the hub for energy research at MIT. Finally, along with Meredith Fowlie at UC Berkeley, he co-directs the Environmental and Energy Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Formerly, Knittel was on the faculty at UC Davis and Boston University. He is the former co-editor of the Journal of Public Economics, and an associate editor of the Journal of Transportation Economics and Policy, and Journal of Energy Markets, having previously served as an associate editor of The American Economic Journal — Economic Policy and The Journal of Industrial Economics.
Mathias Reynaert
Toulouse School of Economics

Mathias Reynaert is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Toulouse School of Economics of the University of Toulouse Capitole. He is also a research affiliate at the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). His fields of interest are empirical industrial organization and environmental economics. In several papers, he analyzes the implementation of environmental regulation in the European automobile market. His work considers strategic responses of firms and compliance problems related to weak enforcement of regulation. His work studies how these compliance problems affect the economic outcomes for consumers and the environment.
Moderated by:
Jing Li

Jing holds the William Barton Rogers Career Development Chair of Energy Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. From 2017-2018, Jing Li was a Postdoctoral Associate of the MIT Energy Initiative. Jing’s research interests lie in energy economics and industrial organization, focusing on development and adoption of new technologies. Her most recent work examines compatibility and investment in electric vehicle recharging networks in the United States, and cost pass-through in the E85 retail market. Jing received her B.Sc. in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Economics from MIT in 2011, and her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard in 2017.