A new public/private state organization is dedicated to making California a model state for transportation energy consumption by 2020.
Announced at the CALSTART 2020 conference today in Los Angeles, the California Secure Transportation Energy Partnership (CalSTEP) pledged to develop a plan to lead to a sustainable reduction in the state’s overall on-road petroleum fuel consumption of at least 15% below 2003 levels by 2020 while increasing the proportion of alternative transportation fuels to at least 20% of total on-road fuel demand.
The Partnership is founded on the concept that by becoming a model state for transportation energy consumption by 2020, California can become more secure and prosperous.
The CalSTEP effort is the first major initiative focused on a single state developing its own transportation energy security action plan.
The technologies, fuels and strategies that can make a difference in transportation energy are available today, and all Californians will benefit from their greater utilization.—CalSTEP member S.M. Shahed, vice president, advanced technology, Honeywell Turbos
Founding members of the CalSTEP include:
- James D. Boyd, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
- Tim Carmichael, President and Chief Executive Officer, Coalition for Clean Air
- Bill Jones, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Pacific Ethanol
- Fred Keeley, former Speaker Pro Tempore, California State Assembly
- Doug Linney, President, The Next Generation
- Lars Erik Lundin, Vice President of VMCC, Volvo Car Corporation
- Dr. S.M. Shahed, Vice President, Advanced Technology, Honeywell Turbo
- Dr. Jim Sweeney, Professor of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University
- George Shultz, former Secretary of State and Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institute
- John Boesel, President and Chief Executive Officer, CALSTART
During the next 12 months, CalSTEP will develop a California Action Plan that will outline and seek agreement on the actions needed to achieve the goal of secure transportation energy by 2020.
Members will “work together to develop and implement a California Action Plan focused on state-level legislative measures, local initiatives, corporate actions and/or enhanced public awareness.”
The Partnership foresees four main areas of focus for the Action Plan:
Diversifying the fuel supply;
Increasing vehicle efficiency;
Applying smart growth and advanced transit;
Educating on the benefits of and needs for action.
In order to build this program as well as consensus, the group agreed upon a set of principles that the Action Plan will follow, including:
Benefiting state and local businesses and economies;
Promoting sustainable growth;
Focusing on multiple transportation fuels, technologies and platforms;
Maintaining and/or improving environmental quality and public safety;
Building upon previous efforts (when applicable);
Focusing on state level actions and measures;
Empowering local stakeholders and governments.
The Partnership will be operated and managed by CALSTART. It is a fuel-neutral, participant-supported organization of more than 120 companies and agencies, dedicated to expanding and supporting a high-tech transportation industry that cleans the air, creates jobs and improves energy efficiency.