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Why Smart Land Use Can Reduce the Need to Drive with Dr. Steve Cliff


Before California can reduce its vehicle miles traveled (VMT) — which measures total amount of driving occurring in the state — we need to start thinking differently about how we use space. Hear from Dr. Steve Cliff, Executive Officer of the California Air and Resource Board (CARB), on how he’s thinking about the role for land use and planning in decarbonizing transportation and reducing VMT.

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California’s Plan to Decarbonize Trucks with Dr. Steve Cliff


In the fourth episode of our series highlighting the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) and its global partners’ leadership in transportation decarbonization, Climate Break spoke with CARB’s Executive Officer Dr. Steve Cliff about the importance of reducing emissions from trucks and heavy duty vehicles — and how Advanced Clean Trucks can help phase in a zero-emission trucking future.

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How to Think About the Transition to Zero Emission Commercial Vehicles with CALSTART’s Cristiano Facanha


As global climate summit COP27 meets this week, Climate Break has partnered with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on a series of episode about CARB’s approach to climate policy and its work with international stakeholders advancing ambitious transportation decarbonisation goals. Today, hear from Cristiano Facanha, who leads the Drive to Zero program at CARB partner CalSTART, describe the transition strategy CARB and CalSTART developed for California’s commercial vehicles and how they’re bringing it to the world’s stage via the Drive to Zero initiative.

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What Can California’s Experience Tackling Climate Change Teach the Federal Government? With Richard Corey


In recognition of COP-27, Climate Break is partnering with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to talk about what what policymakers can learn from California’s experience with designing environmental regulations and incentives. First, listen to former CARB Executive Officer Richard Corey reflect on his experience and what’s to come for the future of environmental policy, in conversation with Ken Alex.

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Building Tribal Communities’ Energy Independence with Indigenized Energy Initiative

Native communities have disproportionately low access to and pay higher rates for utilities, particularly electricity, which has a significant impact on access and opportunities for remote work, education, and other activities. The Indigenized Energy Initiative works to increase indigenous energy ownership and access in order to address the social, economic, and environmental injustices that native communities face. This week, Chéri Smith, founder and CEO of IEI, discusses their strategy for assisting indigenous communities and eliminating energy poverty.

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Using Concrete for Carbon Removal with Dr. Erica Dodds

Dr. Erica Dodds heads the Foundation for Carbon Restoration, which advocates for using carbon removal – in addition to emissions reductions – to restore atmospheric carbon dioxide to pre-industrial revolution levels. One method of removal she says is promising? Storing carbon in concrete.

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Adapting Ocean Governance for a World of Rising Seas with Dr. Nilufer Oral

The law of the sea convention adopted by the UN in 1982 defines the economic and political sea boundaries critical to small island states, but the rights it guarantees are threatened by rising sea levels. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Nilufar Oral, Director of the Center for International Law at the National University of Singapore and Co-Chair of the UN’s sea level rise study group, on how vulnerable states are advocating for updated protections.

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Zero Emission Zones with Rotterdam’s Arjan Oranje

Could designating city areas carbon emission free zones be key to the decarbonisation of urban mobility? In this episode, we talk to Arjan Oranje, Rotterdam’s program manager for zero emission mobility, about the Netherlands’ approach to mobility decarbonisation and how they’re collaborating with a variety of stakeholders to make emission free zones reality.

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Learning from Luxembourg’s Approach to EVs with Minister of Mobility Francois Bausch

What can EV adoption incentives learn from how we’ve subsidized industries in the past? In this episode, we speak with Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Mobility Francois Bausch, to learn more about Luxembourg’s approach to mobility decarbonisation and the surprising reason he thinks it’s just like cell phones.

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Using Cryptocurrency to Reward Sustainable Transportation with Paulo Humanes

What if there was an app on your phone that paid you in cryptocurrency every time you chose a lower-emissions mode of transportation? We sat down with Paulo Humanes, a Director at Portuguese Mobility Technology Development Center CEiiA, where they’re developing exactly that under the name AYR.

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