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TRB 91st Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)
Innovations in Activity and Travel Behavior
Jan 25 2012 8:30AM- 10:15AM
Hilton, International Center
How Can We Alter Our Carbon Footprint? Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions Based on Travel Survey Information (12-3136)
The City of Montreal has taken recent initiatives to significantly reduce overall GHG emissions from the transport sector, and is making large investments in alternative transportation. In particular, the City has called upon the participation of all businesses and institutions to further these goals. In light of these recent plans, this study identifies with two objectives: first, to generate a clear methodology for estimating total GHG emissions generated by commuters to McGill University’s downtown campus, and secondly, to better understand who, how, and when each commuter to McGill generates travel-related GHG. Mode split, distances, age, gender and status were uncovered by a 2011 travel survey that we conducted across the University, from which daily individual GHG emissions are estimated. Details about these trips not only reveal who the largest polluters are and where they are coming from, but also the seasonality of their emissions. These associations are then used to narrate alternatives to the structure of individuals’ commutes by examining the outcomes of selected shifts in travel behavior on total GHG emissions.
Mathez, Anais Catherine Bussod, McGill University, Canada
Manaugh, Kevin , McGill University, Canada
Chakour, Vincent , McGill University, Canada
El-Geneidy, Ahmed M., McGill University, Canada
Hatzopoulou, Marianne , McGill University, Canada
Transportation Research Board. 500 Fifth St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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