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Low Carbon Fuel Policy and Analysis


Journal Article

Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways (STEPS)

Suggested Citation:
Yeh, Sonia and Daniel Sperling (2013) Low Carbon Fuel Policy and Analysis. Energy Policy 56, 1 - 4

The transition to non-petroleum fuels is proceeding slowly. Petroleum continues to dominate the transportation fuels market, accounting for over 95% of total supply. It has many advantages: It is very energy dense, easily transportable, and relatively abundant. But it also has large downsides: High carbon and toxic emissions when combusted and most of the lowest-cost sources are concentrated in a politically unstable region, the Middle East. Only Brazil has successfully shifted a large share of its transportation energy away from petroleum.