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A Sector in Transition: Transportation in the 21st Century

Globally, the transportation sector is responsible for just over a quarter of total energy use. It is also a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution. As a result, the transport sector is burdened with concerns about energy security and environmental sustainability. Volatile energy prices, mounting local air quality concerns in cities around the world and international discussions on reducing carbon dioxide emissions have triggered robust interest in energy transitions across the transport sector. The Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies, together with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, hosted experts for a discussion focusing on the future of transportation. It highlighted topics such as technological innovation, regulation, consumer preference, supply-chain challenges and demographic transitions, and their role in the future of the transportation sector.

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Session 1

Session 2

Session 3





8:30 am




9:00 am



Welcome and Introductions

Kenneth B Medlock III, Ph.D., James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute

9:15 am    

Opening Keynote

Andrew Slaughter, Executive Director, Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions

10:00 am



Panel — The Future of Transportation

Opportunities in identifying, matching and implementing current and innovative technology to meet user needs

Moderator: Ted Temzelides, Ph.D., Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar and Professor of Economics, Rice University

Christopher Knittel, Ph.D., George P. Shultz Professor of Applied Economics at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Antonio Bento, Ph.D., Professor; Director, Global Master of Public Policy; and Director, USC-Price Environmental Initiative, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

Michael Moore, Regional Vice President, Texas Central Partners





12:30 pm



Luncheon Keynote – Texas Transportation Innovation

Darran Anderson, Director, Strategy and Innovation, Texas Department of Transportation



Tue, Jan. 23, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


James A. Baker III Hall
Rice University's Baker Institute — 6100 Main St
Houston, Texas 77005

Kelly International Conference Facility