NAMEInês Lima Azevedo | Associate Professor of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University
TITLE"Climate, air pollution decisions in transportation: examples from recent research"
ABSTRACTI will be talking about a few recent results from our group. First, estimate the life cycle monetized damages due to greenhouse gas emissions and criteria air pollutant emissions for different types of passenger-moving vehicles in the United States. We find substantial spatial variability in the monetized damages for all fuel-vehicle technologies studied. None of the fuel-vehicle technologies leads simultaneously to the lowest climate change damages and the lowest air pollution damages across all U.S. counties. Instead, the fuel-vehicle technology that best mitigates climate change in one region is different from that for the best air quality (i.e., the trade-off between decarbonization and air pollution mitigation). Second, I will show preliminary results of LCA assessment of air pollution and GHG emissions in the U.S. and India when accounting for site specific inputs. Finally, I will also present some preliminary work on how consumption patterns for different goods and services changed during the shelter in place orders imposed by the ongoing pandemic.
BIOInês M.L. Azevedo is Associate Professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University. She also serves as Senior Fellow for the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University and Fellow for the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University. Prof. Azevedo’s research interests focus on how to transition to a sustainable, low carbon, affordable, and equitable energy system. She is interested in sustainability and energy issues where a systems approach is needed, by combining engineering and technology analysis with economic and decision science approaches. Her current interest is to address energy issues with particular focus on distributional effects and equity. She has published 100+ peer-reviewed journal papers. She has participated as an author and committee member in several National Research Council reports from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. She serves on the editorial/advisory boards for the journals Environmental Research Letters, Annual Reviews of Environment and Resources, Energy Policy, and Energy and Climate Change. She is currently participating in the IPCC AR6 as one of the lead authors for the Energy chapter. Prof. Azevedo has received the World Economic Forum’s “Young Scientists under 40” award in 2014, and the C3E Women in Clean Energy Research Award in 2017.
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