John M. DeCicco

Research Professor, University of Michigan Energy Institute
Director, University of Michigan Energy Survey
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Biography: 

John DeCicco is a research professor at the University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI) where his work examines transportation energy use and its associated climate mitigation challenges. His research addresses vehicle-fuel systems, petroleum demand, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and transportation energy policy. He also examines the social dimensions of energy and climate strategies, serving as the director of the University of Michigan Energy Survey.

Prof. DeCicco's recent work includes pioneering methodological and critical analysis regarding the role and risks of renewable fuels in climate protection policy. His past studies of vehicle efficiency were instrumental in establishing the technical basis for updates to automobile fuel economy and GHG emissions regulations. He pioneered consumer-oriented green car ratings in the United States by developing original evaluation methodologies, serving as the first author of ACEEE's Green Book (first published in 1998 and now online at GreenerCars.org). Ongoing areas of focus include fuel-related CO2 emissions, particularly the methodological challenges that surround policies for liquid transportation fuels, the role of carbon dioxide removal in climate mitigation strategy, and the prospects for automated mobility systems to address transportation sector energy challenges. Prof. DeCicco also co-leads the Beyond Carbon Neutral research initiative and serves on the management committee of the Mobility Transformation Center, which carries out the university's ​Mcity R&D on connected and automated vehicles.

Previously, he served as a lecturer and clinical professor at the School of Natural Resources and Environment; was senior fellow for automotive strategies at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF, 2001-2009) and transportation director for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE, 1990-2000). He has three books and over 150 published papers, reports, and formal public comments to his credit, and holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Princeton University (1988). Link to a copy of his CV here and view short summaries of his work on the Cars and Climate research blog.