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Transportation - Freight 6 Items
Report or White Paper, 2011
This document provides RMI's methodology for the analysis of the transportation sector in Reinventing Fire.
Book or Book Chapter, 2008
In the preface to the Chinese edition to Winning the Oil Endgame
, Amory Lovins puts the book in context for the Chinese audience. Winning the Oil Endgame
offers a strategy for ending US oil dependence.
Report or White Paper, 2008
Feasible technological improvements in vehicle efﬁciency, combined with “long combination vehicles” (which raise productivity by connecting multiple trailers), can potentially raise the ton-mile efﬁciency of long-haul heavy tractor-trailers by a factor ~2.5 with respect to a baseline of 130 ton-miles/gal. Within existing technological and logistical constraints, these innovations (which do not include such further opportunities as hybrid-electric powertrains or auxiliary power units to displace idling) could thus cut the average fuel used to move each ton of freight by ~64 percent. This would annually save the current U.S. Class 8 ﬂeet about four billion gallons of diesel fuel and 45 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. Further beneﬁts would include lower shipping costs, bigger proﬁts for trucking companies, fewer tractor-trailers on the road, and fewer fatal accidents involving them. Thus transformational, not incremental, redesign of tractors, trailers,
and (especially) both as in integrated system can broadly beneﬁt economic prosperity, public health, energy security, and environmental quality.
This presentation outlines practical ways that Class-8 truck fleets can realize significant fuel savings and increased profits through fuel efficiency. Focusing on components that save fuel and providing case studies that have capitalized on these opportunities, RMI's researchers demonstrate how a 25% fuel economy improvement is possible today using existing technologies that can be retrofitted onto almost any highway truck.
Report or White Paper, 2007
RMI worked with the Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma and Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) to develop integrative solutions to reduce the emissions and energy use throughout port operations. This included cargo arriving in port on ships, cargo handling at the terminal, and cargo leaving the port via truck or rail. In January 2007, RMI convened an Innovation Workshop with almost 70 representatives from all facets of the shipping industry--the ports, labor unions, major shipping companies, terminal operators, electric utilities and others. More than 40 ideas for solutions were generated, from electrifying yard hostlers to developing a “Logistics Guru” for coordinating information and even suggesting new business models for drayage trucks. It’s worth noting that while some ideas are still being evaluated, others have already been adopted by the ports.
Journal or Magazine Article, 2001
This article, published in RMISolutions, describes the efforts by RMI and Amory Lovins to work with the American military to combat energy waste. The potential energy savings available to the military are detailed. The article includes a section called, "All Energy Experts on Deck," in which Lovins compares the design of navy ships to that of civilian buildings. He analyzes the design flaws that make navy ships less energy efficient.