Economy & Industry
"More often than not, when development is discussed, the emphasis is on the economy, with its productive sectors providing the incentives and the means for investment as well as the funds for environmental maintenance and restoration."
– Our Common Journey
Application of Remote Real-Time Monitoring to Offshore Oil and Gas Operations
TRB Special Report 322: this report provides advice to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) of the U.S. Department of the Interior on the use of remote real-time monitoring (RRTM) to improve the safety and reduce the environmental risks of offshore oil and gas operations. The report also evaluates the role that RRTM could play in condition-based maintenance (CBM), and how BSEE could leverage RRTM into its safety enforcement program.
Affordability of National Flood Insurance Premiums: Report 2 (2015)
Drawing on lessons learned from a proof-of-concept analysis, this report proposes that the Federal Emergency Management Agency develop a microsimulation model—which will use a database of records for individual policyholders and property owners to mimic how policy decisions might affect those individuals—to simulate the effects of different National Flood Insurance Program affordability policy options. The report also notes, however, that some of the essential data needed to support such modeling are not currently available to the Agency.
Rationalizing Rural Area Classifications for the Economic Research Service: A Workshop (2015)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service (USDA/ERS) maintains four highly related but distinct geographic classification systems to designate areas by the degree to which they are rural. The original urban-rural code scheme was developed by the ERS in the 1970s. Rural America today is very different from the rural America of 1970 described in the first rural classification report. In April 2015, the Committee on National Statistics convened a workshop to explore the data, estimation, and policy issues for rationalizing the multiple classifications of rural areas currently in use by the ERS. Participants aimed to help ERS make decisions regarding the generation of a county rural-urban scale for public use, taking into consideration the changed social and economic environment. This report summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.
Review of the 21st Century Truck Partnership (2015)
The 21st Century Truck Partnership (21CTP) works to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, increase heavy-duty vehicle safety, and support research, development, and demonstration to initiate commercially viable products and systems. This report is the third in a series of three by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that have reviewed the research and development initiatives carried out by the 21CTP. This report builds on the Phase 1 and 2 reviews and reports, and also comments on changes and progress since the Phase 2 report was issued in 2012.
A Community-Based Flood Insurance Option (2015)
River and coastal floods are among the nation's most costly natural disasters. One component in the nation's approach to managing flood risk is availability of flood insurance policies, which are offered on an individual basis primarily through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), this report identifies a range of key issues and questions that would merit consideration and further analysis as part of a community-based flood insurance program.
Funding and Managing the U.S. Inland Waterways System: What Policymakers Need to Know (2015)
In recent years, the inland waterways system has transported six to seven percent of all domestic ton-miles of cargo. The system is a small but important component of the national freight system, particularly for bulk commodities. In order to ensure efficient use of limited navigation resources, the most critical need for the inland waterways system is a sustainable and well-executed plan for maintaining system reliability and performance. This Transportation Research Board (TRB) Special Report 315 examines the role and importance of the federally funded inland waterways system, priorities for future investment, its beneficiaries, and sources of funding.Cost, Effectiveness and Deployment of Fuel Economy Technologies for Light-Duty Vehicles (2015)
Written to inform The United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards, this report is a technical evaluation of costs, benefits, and implementation issues of fuel reduction technologies for next-generation light-duty vehicles. The report estimates the cost, potential efficiency improvements, and barriers to commercial deployment of technologies that might be employed from 2020 to 2030.
Affordability of National Flood Insurance Program Premiums: Report 1 (2015)
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is housed within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and offers insurance policies that are marketed and sold through private insurers, but with the risks borne by the U.S. federal government. NFIP's primary goals are to ensure affordable insurance premiums, secure widespread community participation in the program, and earn premium and fee income that covers claims paid and program expenses over time. This report is the first part of a two-part study to provide input as FEMA prepares their draft affordability framework.
Industrialization of Biology: A Roadmap to Accelerate the Advanced Manufacturing of Chemicals (2015)
This report lays out a ten-year roadmap that aims to put biological synthesis and engineering on par with chemical synthesis and engineering for producing chemicals used in fuels, materials, and industrial applications. Advanced manufacturing of chemicals through biology could help address global challenges related to energy, climate change, agriculture, and environmental sustainability by reducing toxic by-products, greenhouse gas emissions, and fossil fuel consumption in chemical production. The roadmap identifies necessary advancements in basic science and engineering that would accelerate chemical manufacturing through biotechnology and help realize its benefits.
Frontiers of Engineering: Reports on Leading-Edge Engineering from the 2014 Symposium (2015)
This volume presents papers on the topics covered at the National Academy of Engineering's 2014 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Every year the symposium brings together 100 outstanding young leaders in engineering to share their cutting-edge research and innovations in selected areas. The 2014 symposium was held September 11-13 in Irvine, CA. The topics covered at the 2014 symposium were: co-robotics, battery materials, technologies for the heart, and shale gas and oil.
Opportunities for the Gulf Research Program: Middle-Skilled Workforce Needs: Summary of a Workshop (2014)
This report is the summary of a workshop held on June 9-10, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. This workshop convened 40 thought leaders from the Gulf region's education, employer and policymaking communities to facilitate a discussion of the current state of education and training pathways for preparing the region's middle-skilled workforce in both the short- and long-term and to identify perceived needs and potential opportunities that might be addressed by the Gulf Research Program.
Mindset Shifts for Ownership of Our Continent's Development Agenda (2014)
This new report from several African science academies recommends catalysts for giving all sectors of society in Africa a greater stake in and responsibility for the continent's post-2015 development agenda. The report emphasizes the need for a shift in mindset in order to drive these changes. The report is intended to inform the African Union’s Agenda 2063—a vision set forth in 2013 for Africa’s next 50 years of development—as well as the United Nations' planned Sustainable Development Goals, which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals that expire in 2015.
Effects of U.S. Tax Policy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions (2013)
The tax system affects emissions primarily through changes in the prices of inputs and outputs or goods and services. Most of the tax provisions considered in this report relate directly to the production or consumption of different energy sources. However, there is a substantial set of tax expenditures called "broad-based" that favor certain categories of consumption-among them, employer-provided health care, owner-occupied housing, and purchase of new plants and equipment. This report examines both tax expenditures and excise taxes that could have a significant impact on GHG emissions.
Worker Health and Safety on Offshore Wind Farms (2013)
TRB Special Report 310: Worker Health and Safety on Offshore Wind Farms examines the hazards and risks to workers on offshore wind farms on the outer continental shelf as compared to offshore oil and gas operations; explores gaps and overlaps in jurisdictional authority for worker health and safety on offshore wind farms; and evaluates the adequacy of-and recommends enhancements to-the existing safety management system (SMS) requirement published in 30 CFR 585.810. Specifically, the committee recommends that the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) adopt a full SMS rule for workers on offshore wind farms at a level of detail that includes the baseline elements identified in this report.
Renewable Fuel Standard: Potential Economic and Environmental Effects of U.S. Biofuel Policy (2011)
In the United States, we have come to depend upon plentiful and inexpensive energy to support our economy and lifestyles. In recent years, many questions have been raised regarding the sustainability of our current pattern of high consumption of nonrenewable energy and its environmental consequences. This report evaluates the economic and environmental consequences of increasing biofuels production as a result of Renewable Fuels Standard, as amended by EISA (RFS2). The report describes biofuels produced in 2010 and those projected to be produced and consumed by 2022, reviews model projections and other estimates of the relative impact on the prices of land, and discusses the potential environmental harm and benefits of biofuels production and the barriers to achieving the RFS2 consumption mandate.
TRB Special Report 305: Structural Integrity of Offshore Wind Turbines: Oversight of Design, Fabrication, and Installation explores the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) approach to overseeing the development and safe operation of wind turbines on the outer continental shelf, with a focus on structural safety. The committee that developed the report recommended that in order to facilitate the orderly development of offshore wind energy and support the stable economic development of this nascent industry, the United States needs a set of clear requirements that can accommodate future design development.
Sustainability and the U.S. EPA (2011)
A new report from the National Research Council presents a framework for incorporating sustainability into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's principles and decision making. The framework, which was requested by EPA, is intended to help the agency better assess the social, environmental, and economic impacts of various options as it makes decisions.The recommended sustainability approach both incorporates and goes beyond an approach based on assessing and managing the risks posed by pollutants that has largely shaped environmental policy since the 1980s. The report recommends that EPA formally adopt as its sustainability paradigm the widely used "three pillars" approach, which means considering the environmental, social, and economic impacts of an action or decision.
Building the 21st Century: U.S. China Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovations (2011)
The global economy is characterized by increasing locational competition to attract the resources necessary to develop leading-edge technologies as drivers of regional and national growth. One means of facilitating such growth and improving national competitiveness is to improve the operation of the national innovation system. This report studies selected foreign innovation programs and comparing them with major U.S. programs. This analysis of Comparative Innovation Policy includes a review of the goals, concept, structure, operation, funding levels, and evaluation of foreign programs designed to advance the innovation capacity of national economies and enhance their international competitiveness. This analysis focuses on key areas of future growth, such as renewable energy, among others, to generate case-specific recommendations where appropriate.
Assessment of Fuel Economy Technologies for Light-Duty Vehicles (2011)
Various combinations of commercially available technologies could greatly reduce fuel consumption in passenger cars, sport-utility vehicles, minivans, and other light-duty vehicles without compromising vehicle performance or safety. This report estimates the potential fuel savings and costs to consumers of available technology combinations for three types of engines: spark-ignition gasoline, compression-ignition diesel, and hybrid. The book focuses on fuel consumption--the amount of fuel consumed in a given driving distance--because energy savings are directly related to the amount of fuel used. In contrast, fuel economy measures how far a vehicle will travel with a gallon of fuel. Because fuel consumption data indicate money saved on fuel purchases and reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, the book finds that vehicle stickers should provide consumers with fuel consumption data in addition to fuel economy information.
Analysis of Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Fire, and Oil Spill to Identify Measures to Prevent Similar Accidents in the Future: Interim Report (2010)
The National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council have released the interim report of the Committee on the Analysis of Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Fire, and Oil Spill to Identify Measures to Prevent Similar Accidents in the Future. The interim report includes the committee's preliminary findings and observations on various actions and decisions including well design, cementing operations, well monitoring, and well control actions. The interim report also considers management, oversight, and regulation of offshore operations.
Describing Socioeconomic Futures for Climate Change Research and Assessment (2010)
The implications of climate change for the environment and society depend on the rate and magnitude of climate change, but also on changes in technology, economics, lifestyles, and policy that will affect the capacity both for limiting and adapting to climate change. This book reviews the state of science for considering socioeconomic changes over long time frames and clarifies definitions and concepts to facilitate communication across research communities. The book also explores driving forces and key uncertainties that will affect impacts, adaptation, vulnerability and mitigation in the future. Furthermore, it considers research needs and the elements of a strategy for describing socioeconomic and environmental futures for climate change research and assessment.
Strategic Planning for the Florida Citrus Industry: Addressing Citrus Greening(2010)
Citrus greening, a disease that reduces yield, compromises the flavor, color, and size of citrus fruit and eventually kills the citrus tree, is now present in all 34 Floridian citrus-producing counties. A successful citrus greening response will focus on earlier detection of diseased trees, so that these sources of new infections can be removed more quickly, and on new methods to control the insects that carry the bacteria. In the longerterm, technologies such as genomics could be used to develop new citrus strains that are resistant to both the bacteria and the insect.
- Advancing the Competitiveness and Efficiency of the U.S. Construction Industry (2009)
- Partnerships for Emerging Research Institutions: Report of a Workshop (2009)
- Shellfish Mariculture in Drakes Estero, Point Reyes National Seashore, California (2009)
- 2008 Bus Rapid Transit Vehicle Demand and Systems Analysis Update (2008)
- Emerging Technologies to Benefit Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia (2008)
- Enhancing Productivity Growth in the Information Age--Measuring and Sustaining the New Economy (2007)
- Exploring Opportunities in Green Chemistry and Engineering Education-- A Workshop Summary to the Chemical Sciences Roundtable (2007)
- Global Environmental Health in the 21st Century: From Governmental Regulation to Corporate Social Responsibility, Workshop Summary (2007)
- Green Healthcare Institutions--Health, Environment, and Economics, Workshop Summary (2007)
- Implementing the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants--Summary of a Workshop in China (2007)
- Minerals, Critical Minerals, and the U.S. Economy (2007)
- National Land Parcel Data: A Vision for the Future (2007)
- Sediment Dredging at Superfund Megasites-Assessing the Effectiveness (2007)
- Sustainable Management of Groundwater in Mexico--Proceedings of a Workshop, Series--Strengthening Science-Based Decision Making in Developing Countries (2007)
- Toxicity Testing in the Twenty-first Century--A Vision and a Strategy (2007)
- Alternatives to Indian Point for Meeting New York Energy Needs (2006)
- Decreasing Energy Intensity in Manufacturing: Assessing the Strategies and Future Directions of the Industrial Technologies Program (2005)
- Prospective Evaluation of Applied Energy Research and Development at DOE (Phase one): A First Look Forward (2005)
- Sustainability in the Chemical Industry: Grand Challenges and Research Needs - A Workshop Report (2005)
- A Geospatial Framework for the Coastal Zone: National Needs for Coastal Mapping and Charting (2004)
- The Hydrogen Economy: Opportunities, Costs, Barriers, and R&D Needs (2004)
- Urbanization, Energy, and Air Pollution in China (2004)
- End Points for Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste in Russia and the United States (2003)
- Energy and Transportation: Challenges for the Chemical Sciences in the 21st Century (2003)
- Frontiers of Engineering: Reports on Leading-Edge Engineering from the 2002 NAE Symposium on Frontiers of Engineering (2003)
- Improving the Scientific Basis for Managing Nuclear Materials and Spent Nuclear Fuel (2003)
- IT Roadmap to a Geospatial Future (2003)
- Materials and Society: From Research to Manufacturing -- Report of a Workshop (2003)
- Oil in the Sea III: Inputs, Fates, and Effects (2003)
- Personal Cars and China (2003)
- Review of DOE''s Vision 21 Research and Development Program -- Phase 1 (2003)
- Using Remote Sensing in State and Local Government: Information for Management and Decision Making (2003)
- Effectiveness and Impact of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards (2002)
- Evolutionary and Revolutionary Technologies for Mining (2002)
- Marine Biotechnology in the Twenty-First Century: Problems, Promise, and Products (2002)
- Materials Science and Technology: Challenges for the Chemical Sciences in the 21st Century (2002)
- Privatization of Water Services in the United States: An Assessment of Issues and Experience (2002)
- Disposition of High-Level Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel: The Continuing Societal and Technical Challenges (2001)
- Effectiveness of Vehicle Emission Inspection and Maintenance Programs (2001)
- Energy Research at DOE: Was It Worth It? Energy Efficiency and Fossil Energy Research 1978 to 2000 (2001)
- Information Systems and the Environment (2001)
- Making Transit Work: Insight from Western Europe, Canada, and the United States -- Special Report 257 (2001)
- Renewable Power Pathways: A Review of the U.S. Department of Energy's Renewable Energy Programs (2000)
- Review of the Research Program of the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles: Sixth Report (2000)
- Review of the U.S. Department of Energy's Heavy Vehicle Technologies Program (2000)
- Vision 21: Fossil Fuel Options for the Future (2000)