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Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making

The Climate and Energy Decision Making (SES-1463492) is funded through a distributed research cooperative agreement between the National Science Foundation and Carnegie Mellon University. CEDM is anchored at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and includes additional institutions.

The center and its graduates will develop and promulgate new and innovative, behaviorally and technically informed insights involving the intersection points between climate and energy. It will also generate methods to frame, analyze, and assist key stakeholders in addressing important decisions regarding climate change and the necessary transformation of the world’s energy system.

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Environmental Justice Consequences of Transportation Choices

Energy Resources Engineering: Inês AzevedoSally BensonAdam Brandt

This funding for this project will help develop an integrated assessment framework that will be applied to study the health, environmental and climate change effects of transportation strategies using an environmental justice lens, with a focus on the U.S., China and India. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to combine life-cycle analysis, engineering simulation (of both transportation technologies and the power sector), and social sciences models to compute the net, life-cycle health, environmental and climate change monetized damages associated with different transportation strategies.

The longer term goal of this project will be to summarize the data acquired in an online user-friendly tool that will display the health, environmental and climate change damages associated with different vehicle technology choices that can inform the decisions of policy makers and consumers to actuate the most environmental and climate change benefits.

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DMUU: Climate and Energy Decision Making

Investigators: M. Granger Morgan (Principal Investigator) and Inês Azevedo (Co-Principal Investigator)

This research will investigate the environmental effects of energy storage operation in the United States, using life-cycle assessment and electricity system engineering-economic modeling. The first objective of the proposed work is to understand the climate, health and environmental effects of operating energy storage devices on the electricity grid. The second objective is to propose new electricity system policies that allow the economic benefits of storage to be captured without causing inadvertent system emissions.

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation.