The transportation sector uses two-thirds of the oil imported to Hawaii, and creates a like amount of greenhouse gases. Until 2007 there was little being done to advance clean transportation - which could contribute tremendously to advancing clean energy; and the Forum initiated a bill, which was enacted as Act 254, in 2007, to bring together transportation and energy stakeholders to address energy efficient strategies in ground transportation. Since that time, the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative and, more recently, Honolulu Clean Cities and the Forum are partnering to pursue more aggressively the clean transportation goals.
In 2007 the Forum sponsored HB 869 to take the initial steps in identifying policies to promote increased energy efficiency in transportation. The 2007 Legislature passed HB 869, entitled “Making an Appropriation for Energy Efficient Transportation Strategies,” which tasked the Forum to assess energy efficient transportation strategies for Hawaii. On July 5 2007, the Governor signed the bill into law as Act 254; and released partial funding which resulted in establishing a transportation working group that identified recommendations for energy efficient transportation strategies (view Act 254 Final Report below).
Overview and Reports:
The work of the Act 254 working group led to partnerships with OahuMPO and the State Department of Transportation to obtain federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Strategies in Energy Efficient Transportation to survey consumers on their attitudes and behaviors relating to transportation energy consumption, more specifically on attitudes and preferences in choice of vehicle and travel modes under various gas price levels and various policies and/programs. Two reports resulted, one focused on O‘ahu and second on the State, which included all the counties:
Statewide and O‘ahu Studies
Legislative and Other Policy initiatives