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DOT Climate Change Center

About

Since 1999, the DOT Climate Change Center has led policy, research, and action across the US Department of Transportation to address the nation’s most pressing challenges on climate change and transportation.  On this page you will find information on climate change related activities across the US Department of Transportation.  More about the Center.An electric freight truck charging  A photograph of an electric freight truck plugged in and charging at an electric vehicle charging station.

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Announcements

Happy Earth Day! 

USDOT celebrates earth day with climate leadership.

Zero-Emission Freight Strategy released, March 12, 2024.

FHWA launched the $1.2 billion Low Carbon Transportation Materials Program.  Applications due June 10, 2024.

FAA Finalizes Rule to Reduce Carbon Pollution from New Aircraft, February 20, 2024.

EPA is accepting applications for the $3 billion Clean Ports Program.  Applications due May 28, 2024.

FTA is accepting applications for its $1.5 billion FY 2024 Low- or No-Emission Program to support state and local efforts to buy or modernize buses, improve bus facilities, and support workforce development. Applications due April 25, 2024.

Register for DOT Climate Change Center Webinar Series.  Monthly webinars February through June. 

Steel Slag in Concrete / Low Embodied Carbon Funding Opportunity.  Applications due March 27 for $5 million cooperative agreement.  

Previous Announcements

Research

The Center and the USDOT National Transportation Library maintain the Transportation and Climate Change Clearinghouse, which is a curated collection of information on transportation and climate change issues, and provides monthly bibliographies of the latest research.

The DOT RD&T Strategic Plan 2022-2026 sets USDOT’s research agenda and grand challenge for Climate and Sustainability along with four other goals.  Learn more about DOT research.

DOT Climate Change Policies

Policy Statement on Buy Clean Initiative

Policy Statement on Climate Adaptation

Operating Administration Climate Change Websites

The DOT Climate Change Center coordinates climate change related actions across the Department of Transportation.  Since much of the implementation takes place at the level of the operating administrations within the Department, important content related to implementation of climate change actions can be found on the operating administration webpages below.

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Climate Change Website

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Environmental Programs Website and Aviation Climate Action Plan

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Energy and Emissions Website and Resilience Website

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Climate Change Website

Maritime Administration (MARAD) Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance (META) Program

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Corporate Average Fuel Economy

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Joint Office of Energy and Transportation 

Climate Challenges

People board an electric bus.The U.S. Department of Transportation developed climate challenges for different modes of transportation (aviation, public transportation, highway, and rail) to encourage and support transportation stakeholders in taking aggressive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Airports Climate Challenge

Public Transportation Climate Challenge - Sustainable Transit for a Healthy Planet Challenge

Highways Climate Challenge - Quantifying Emissions of Sustainable Pavements

Rail Climate Challenge

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge

DOT Funding Programs and Climate Change

Most DOT funding programs have eligibilities for transportation climate solutions.  Some programs have a focus on climate change.  Learn more.

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Guidance

The Council on Environmental Quality issued guidance to assist agencies in analyzing greenhouse gas and climate change effects of their proposed actions under NEPA.

Council on Environmental Quality Guidance on Consideration of Climate Change in NEPA

National Performance Measure

To help address the climate crisis, FHWA amended its regulations governing national performance management measures to require State departments of transportation (State DOTs) and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to establish  carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction targets and to establish a method for measurement and reporting.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Performance Measure

DOT Climate Action Plan for Resilience

DOT Climate Action Plan – 2022 Progress Report

2021 DOT Climate Action Plan

Training and Technical Assistance

DOT offers training and a variety of technical assistance options to help tribal, state, local, and private sector transportation agencies reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve climate resilience.  Learn more.

U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization

U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization