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Mapping Opportunities for Transportation Electrification to Address Social Marginalization and Air Pollution Challenges in Greater Mexico City

Institute of Transportation Studies faculty affiliate Dan Kammen co-authors Mapping Opportunities for Transportation Electrification to Address Social Marginalization and Air Pollution Challenges in Greater Mexico City at Environmental Science & Technology.

James Adam Mahady (California Institute for Energy and Environment University of California at Berkeley); Claudia Octaviano, Oscar Sebastian Araiza Bolaños, and Erick Rosas López (Instituto Nacional de Ecologı́a y Cambio Climático Coordinación General de Mitigación del Cambio Climático); Daniel M. Kammen (Energy and Resources Group University of California at Berkeley), Sergio Castellanos (California Institute for Energy and Environment University of California at Berkeley)

https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.9b06148

Amid climate change and public health concerns, world economies are seeking to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution from transportation. Population growth in cities worldwide will further increase demand for clean and affordable transportation. We propose a city-specific environmental justice mapping index, inspired by a similar index used in California, that highlights promising areas for clean transportation interventions in Greater Mexico City to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local pollution. This novel approach leverages highly spatially resolved population, pollution, and transportation data. The proposed index score is designed as an open source, updateable point of orientation for decisionmakers as they consider investment in transportation electrification from the standpoint of overlapping atmospheric pollution and social vulnerability.