January 30-February 1, 2013
Washington, D.C., USA
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Environmental Excellence in Transportation (E2T) Award
Presentation at the Tuesday Luncheon
The Environmental Excellence in Transportation (E2T) Award is administered by the E2T Award Committee of the Sustainable Development Program Office. Members of the E2T Award Committee include:
Mr. John Connor, Chair Ford Motor Company
Dr. Robert J. Kainz DaimlerChrysler Corporation
Dr. Walter W. Olson University of Toledo
Dr. Ronald Williams General Motors Corporation
History of the Award
For some time SAE working groups involved in the Environmental Activity and in the development and planning of the Total Life Cycle Conference have believed that there should be recognition for outstanding achievements in the areas of environmental sustainability and life cycle.
In a world of constantly increasing transportation demands, there are dedicated people who create the tools, devices and methods necessary to make the transportation industry the world's leader in keeping our environment clean and self sustaining. Transportation by sea, by air and by land is essential to our way of living today.
This award recognizes individuals (and in some cases, groups of individuals) who through their ingenuity and dedication make significant innovations in reducing the environmental impact of the transportation industry. These innovative achievements may occur in motorized vehicle fuels, alternative propulsion methods, fuel usage, materials, energy usage, manufacturing methods, logistics support, as well as in education, training and improving public awareness. The key criteria for recognition are innovation, originality, demonstrated significant favorable impact on the environment and improvement over any existing technologies, methods and public acceptance.
To be eligible for an award under this program, the nomination must demonstrate:
This may be supported by patents, peer reviewed research papers and other accepted indications of original work.
Favorable environmental impact
The nomination must show the state before the innovation and compare that to the state after the innovation was applied. Accepted environmental impacts are those listed in the ISO 14042 standards. Favorable impacts may be demonstrated by life cycle analysis, risk analysis or other performance based measures. Awards in the categories of education, training and public awareness must show how the environment was physically impacted by the accomplishments and the number of people that were affected.
The application must be applied to an operation of sufficient size to show widespread applicability. This may include (but not be limited to) a production plant, a vehicle fleet (more than 100 vehicles) or other units of similar impact. Economic feasibility must be demonstrated by a cost/benefit analysis or another accepted cost comparison technique. In the category of education, training and public awareness, nominations must show how the accomplishment may be transferred and used with other groups of people.
No Transfer of Environmental Burdens
The achievement is not made by transferring environmental burdens elsewhere. This may be supported by life cycle studies, energy mass balance studies and risk analysis or other approved methods. Human health issues must be considered in all awards relating to products, processes and materials. Energy improvements must be shown using a life cycle approach.
Nominee's role in Achievement
Nominee(s) must play a significant role in the achievement. This may be supported by authorship of key papers, holding a patent or recognition of the achievement by the officers of the employing organization.
Award Categories and Definitions
Education, Training and Public Awareness
Nominations in this category must show originality in educating and training people which results in significant environmental improvements to the use and application of transportation. Awards will be made for the creation and delivery of educational materials which cause the recipients to reduce material and energy consumption in the transportation industry, innovative training of service technicians which results in an environmental improvement or for innovative efforts in modifying public behavior which results in measurable and reduced environmental impacts. Presentation or training must be accomplished at least three times at different organizations or facilities.
New Methods and Tools
Nominations in this category must demonstrate evidence of innovation in life cycle analysis, inventories, impact assessment, management, cost analysis and design. Such demonstration will include publications, applications and widespread adoption by the transportation industry. New methods and tools for this emerging field of knowledge will provide key innovations that dramatically increase environmental savings while reducing environmental impacts. The method or tool must be demonstrated in five case studies, or 300 vehicles, or one rail-plane-ship application or three facilities. This category is not intended for the improvement of existing methods or tools.
Mobile Energy and Emissions
Nominations in this category must demonstrate innovations in fuel source, fuel savings, CO2 reduction and energy use reduction in transportation. Similarly, it must demonstrate innovations that reduce mobile source emissions through design improvements, source reduction or control efficiency. Demonstrated innovations include publications, applications and widespread use of the innovation that confirms energy use efficiency improvements or emissions reduction on a life cycle basis. A minimum of 300 cars or trucks in a model year or one ship, boat, rail vehicle, aircraft or space vehicle is required for demonstration in this category.
Stationary Energy and Emissions
Nominations in this category must demonstrate the implementation of a cost-effective, innovative alternative product or process that reduces the amount of energy and/or the amount of emissions to air, water or land from a stationary source resulting in reduced environmental impact. The approach must have the capability to be applied to other facilities or products and result in the same or better performance at those facilities or in those products. Similarly, it must demonstrate innovations that reduce stationary source emissions through design improvements, source reduction or control efficiency. Demonstrated innovations include publications, applications and widespread use of the innovation that confirms energy use efficiency improvements or emissions reduction on a life cycle basis. The product or process must be demonstrated in two facilities or processes to qualify in this category.
Recycling, Reuse, Remanufacturing
Nominations in this category must show innovative reuse or remanufacturing of a part or innovative recycling of a material in a production application in the transportation industry. Examples can include: the innovative reuse of end of life transportation parts that reduces landfill burden and energy usage, innovative remanufacturing of a part that has not been remanufactured before, recycling of materials into new applications or recycling materials on a scale that has not been achieved before. This category requires 2,000,000 pounds or a value of $1,000,000 (US) of material or parts to be processed for qualification in this category.
Service, Maintenance and Logistics
Nominations in this category must demonstrate environmental achievement in the areas of servicing, providing maintenance and the supporting field services of the transportation industry products including aircraft, ground vehicles and marine vehicles. Such achievement might include developing and implementing new service procedures which reduce the production of waste fluids, development of new repair techniques that require fewer and lower volume replacement parts, the development of techniques which make use of worn but serviceable parts and the design and execution of a new parts distribution system which significantly reduces the energy and materials consumed in transportation. Gross revenues of $100,000 (US) must be involved or a weight of material exceeding 10,000 pounds must be processed to qualify in this category.
Nominations in this category must have made significant achievements in reducing environmental impacts of manufacturing processes, including the acquisition and refinement of materials used by the transportation industries in their products. Examples of such achievement might be significant reduction of a waste material from a manufacturing process by redesign and implementation of the process, new recovery of an emission for a documented use as a by-product and the significant reduction of power required in order to execute a process. The process must be in operation for 180 days in two or more processes before it can be nominated in this category.
Materials Development and Usage
Nominations in this category must demonstrate an achievement in material innovation, material improvement and energy reduction. Any improvements must indicate balance in the impact the new material has on the environment, community, worker and energy use. The material must be used in a current product or process for more than 180 days before it can be considered in this category.
Noise Management Innovations
Nominations in this category must make significant achievements in reducing noise or improving noise management from land vehicles, aircraft or watercraft. This is intended to be a broad category that will include noise impacts on vehicle occupants, employees, neighbors or communities. The category will include submissions from the air, land and sea areas. Achievements need to be measurable improvements in technology procedures, measurement methodology, public awareness or in understanding the science and engineering of transportation noise. Nominations need to include a qualitative assessment of how this measurable result has positively impacted people or the environment and how the information is publicly shared.