Impact Assessment Tools

To make long-term research, development, leasing and purchasing decisions, managers need tools that can help them assess potential energy use, oil use and carbon emission impacts of advanced light- and heavy-duty transportation technologies and alternative fuels. Long a leader in developing transportation-focused desktop analysis tools, Argonne offers multiple Excel-based assessment products geared specifically to the needs of those who make decisions about fleet and technology investments.

AFLEET

AFLEET (Argonne National Laboratory’s Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation)estimates petroleum use, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, air pollutant emissions and cost of ownership of light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles using simple spreadsheet inputs. AFLEET uses data from Argonne's well-known Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) fuel-cycle model to generate necessary well-to-wheels petroleum use and greenhouse gas emission co-efficients for key fuel production pathways and vehicle types. AFLEET is available for download at http://greet.es.anl.gov/afleet_tool.

GREET

GREET (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation) allows researchers and analysts to evaluate various vehicle and fuel combinations on a full fuel-cycle/vehicle-cycle basis. GREET is available for download at http://greet.es.anl.gov/.

VISION

VISION provides estimates of the potential energy use, oil use and carbon emission impacts of advanced light- and heavy-duty vehicle technologies and alternative fuels through the year 2050. Beginning in 2008, the analysis horizon has been extended to 2100. The model consists of two Excel workbooks: a Base Case of US highway fuel use and carbon emissions to 2050 (to 2100 in 2008 and newer versions) and a copy (of the Base Case) that can be modified to reflect alternative assumptions about advanced vehicle and alternative fuel market penetration. VISION is available for download at http://www.transportation.anl.gov/modeling_simulation/VISION/.

WATER

WATER (Water Assessment for Transportation Energy Resources) quantifies water footprint of fuel production stages from feedstock production to conversion process for biofuel with county, state, and regional level spatial resolution. WATER is available for download at http://water.es.anl.gov/.