NDOT developed and implemented a policy and strategic plan to reduce GHG emissions within its operations. The following sections describe the steps taken to develop NDOT’s policy and strategic plan to reduce GHG emissions within its operations.
Adopting ‘GHG Emissions Reduction from the Transportation Sector’ as one of NDOT’s annual performance measures
In support of the statewide climate goals, NDOT proposed GHG emissions reduction as a new performance measure for NDOT’s annual Performance Management Report. Although specific targets are not identified, NDOT is committed to reducing GHG emissions to the maximum extent both within the department as well as from the transportation system as a whole. The Nevada Transportation Board of Directors adopted this measure on April 13, 2020.
These actions prompted NDOT to develop and implement strategies to reduce GHG emissions within operations and to track statewide transportation GHG emissions reductions on an annual basis.
Opportunity to participate in a GHG emissions-reduction workshop
In May 2020, the NDOT senior leadership team and agency partners were invited to participate in a virtual workshop on the draft GHG reduction guidebook being developed for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). NDOT was one of four state DOTs (i.e., Nevada, Colorado, Delaware, and Hawaii) invited to participate in NCHRP Project 25-56, Methods for State DOTs to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Transportation Sector. The workshop was led by the NCHRP project consultant team and had two objectives: 1) to assist NDOT in applying the guidebook and working towards state GHG emissions-reduction goals, and 2) for the project team to obtain feedback on the draft guidebook before it is finalized. Some 60 participants representing 14 different Nevada entities participated in four two-hour workshop sessions over three days (May 4, 6, and 14). NDOOT implanted various strategies and resources identified in the NCHRP guidebook, including the next steps outlined here.