The Transportation Futures project aims to tackle the problem of GHG emissions produced by the transportation sector by identifying viable pathways for developing low-or-zero emission transportation systems for British Columbia, focusing on technology alternatives such as battery, hydrogen fuel cell, and natural gas. The initiatives of the research project include the design of refuelling configurations, developing models to assess market, social and policy opportunities, as well as providing interdisciplinary training for highly qualified personnel in the sustainable transportation field. The three inter-related themes for this program are:
- Integrated social, economic and technical analysis of the transportation market and public policy to evaluate the potential of a range of vehicle technologies to reduce GHG emissions
- Low-or-zero carbon transportation infrastructures for natural gas, electricity, and hydrogen
- Transport mode electrification and analysis of prospects for GHG reductions
This is one of five major interdisciplinary research projects funded by The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) and is led by Walter Merida, Director of the Clean Energy Research Centre and professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UBC. PICS was established as an endowment from the BC Ministry of Environment in 2008 to develop a multidisciplinary research institute focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions. PICS is hosted and led out of the University of Victoria in partnership with UBC, as well as Simon Fraser University and the University of Northern British Columbia.