By 2030, significantly decrease annual petroleum use in ground transportation.

This goal is tracking fuel use in ground transportation as established in the Hawaiʻi Clean Energy Initiative, however marine and air transportation also play a critical role in determining the sustainability of Hawaiʻi's transportation future. As progress is made on setting specific target levels for fuel use in the marine and air transportation sectors, updates can be incorporated to this goal as appropriate.

Figure 1: Fuel use for Electricity, Ground Transportation and Air Transportation. Contact with data leads on Fuel for Marine Transportation.

Source: DBEDT, Hawaiʻi State Energy Office

Setting The Agenda

Hawaiʻi Clean Energy Initiative

The Hawaiʻi Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) was established in 2008 as a bold policy agenda and coalition of energy stakeholders. This collaborative organization focuses on energy conservation and conversion to alternative and sustainable energy systems in order to reach the goals of:
70% clean energy in Hawaiʻi by 2030
  • 100% clean energy in Hawaiʻi by 2045
  • 70% reduction in the consumption of petroleum in ground transportation by 2030 (or approximately 385 million gallons per year)

Click here for more information on HCEI’s transportation goals.

(Source: Hawaiʻi State Energy Office)

Mayor's Commitment
  • 100% clean transportation by 2045

Building the Roadmap

Transportation Roadmap
The primary goal of HCEI’s 2014 Transportation Charrette was to develop a comprehensive plan including strategies and tactics for reducing the use of petroleum in ground transportation by 70%, or approximately 385 million gallons per year by 2030. The current HCEI roadmap focuses on the following strategies:
Improving the efficiency of the standard vehicle fleet
  • Reducing the overall number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT)
  • Expanding the use of renewable fuels for transportation
  • Accelerating the deployment of electric vehicles and related infrastructure
  • Reducing petroleum based fuels in the transportation sector

The full HCEI Transportation Energy Analysis Final Report from September 2017 can be found by clicking the link.

Click here for more information about HCEI’s Transportation Charrette.

(Source: Hawaii State Energy Office)

Vehicle Miles Traveled and Mode Share

One of the key strategies to meet the HCEI goals is to reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Managing statewide travel demand, particularly that in urban areas, is essential for Hawaii to meet its petroleum reduction goals for ground transportation. VMT reduction includes increasing opportunities for residents and visitors to shift their transportation mode choice from cars to bicycle and pedestrian friendly corridors, to improved transit operations, as well as to bike and car share and use of commuter benefits. For more information on mode share goals, please visit the Aloha+ Dashboard Smart Sustainable Communities page for total VMT Statewide & VMT by County.

Vehicle Miles Traveled per Vehicle

Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawaiʻi (STCH)

Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawaii (STCH) is a USDOE Clean Cities program coordinated by Blue Planet Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to clear the path for clean energy in Hawaiʻi. STCH supports locally driven efforts to reduce the use of petroleum in Hawaiʻi’s transportation sector through education and outreach. The Coalition is a source of information and can provide technical assistance regarding the benefits of using alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles, as well as reducing petroleum consumption through VMT reduction and mode shift. For more information about Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawaiʻi, visit

Electric Vehicles

The widespread deployment of electric vehicles (EV) in Hawaii is a key approach toward the reduction of fossil fuel dependency; as additional renewable electricity is added to Hawaii’s grids and is used to power EVs. EVs could also be an integral component in achieving a more stable and modern electrical grid. Already, a growing number of Hawaii’s drivers have adopted EVs as their mode of transportation. In January 2016, the number of plug-in passenger vehicles registered in Hawaii was 4,073, up 26% from a year earlier despite continued low oil prices. At the same time, EVs made up 0.4% of all vehicles in Hawaii, while gasoline-powered hybrid vehicles were 2.0% of all passenger vehicles.
(Source: Electric Vehicle Transportation Center)

There are a total of 484 electric vehicle public charging ports in Hawaiʻi (as of February 2017). The State Energy Office offers a mobile application called “EV Stations Hawaiʻi” for a free download. The app is designed to help drivers locate publicly available EV charging stations statewide, giving them the confidence that they can recharge while on the road.

Pictured above: Find publicly available electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, station details, and mapping direction across the state of Hawaiʻi. Click here or use the interactive map above to to search for a charging station near you.

Learn More and Make a Difference

  • Watch this video for more information on ways you can reduce your oil consumption through transportation.
  • For more information on the importance of cutting oil in the transportation sector, read Fueling a Better Future (2013) from the Union of Concerned Scientists, or watch their short video: “ Half the Oil: A Realistic Plan to Cut US Oil Use in Half in 20 Years
  • For more information about gasoline-powered versus electric vehicles, watch this video.
  • Check out Blue Planet Foundation's annual Energy Report Card which presents a big-picture assessment of Hawaiʻi's progress toward a clean energy future. The report highlights bright spots and opportunities for improvement in the areas of transportation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, smart grid, and economics

SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
Reduce inequality within and among countries
SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
SDG 13 - Climate Action
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals
Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development