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DOT Activities and Partnerships: Federal Agencies

Department of Energy (DOE)

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Center for Climate Change and Environmental Forecasting and DOE are investigating possible ways for entities in the transportation sector to report their greenhouse gas reductions. In addition, DOT collaborates with DOE in the 21st Century Truck initiative, an interagency effort to increase the fuel-economy of medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

DOT is working with the EPA to implement truck stop electrification on a variety of interstate corridors throughout the country, reducing the production of greenhouse gases by idling parked trucks. In addition, DOT reviews transportation sector information for the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks, published annually by the EPA.

Multiple Agencies

Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Transportation. With the support of the (USGCRP), the U.S. Department of Transportation's Center for Climate Change and Environmental Forecasting held a workshop in October 2002 to discuss the impacts climate change could have on transportation systems. Based on research priorities identified in the workshop, the Center has begun to select research topics to pursue in this area, starting with the Gulf Coast Study (PDF 16.2mb).

Navy and Coast Guard

As part of the Clean Propulsion for Maritime Vehicles initiative, the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy, and DOT are engaged in continued development of fuel cell applications for ships and seaboard hydrogen sourcing from NaBH4.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

In January 2004, DOT signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the USGS to cooperate on research that will inform decision makers and the public about the potential effects of climate change and variability on the nation's transportation systems.

Last updated: Friday, February 24, 2017