Richard Billings

Richard Billings

Senior Scientist

These are exciting times. Rapid increases in computing power and greater availability of relevant data sets are making it possible to create systems that quantify emissions from aircraft, marine vessels, and railways. I am proud to be part of a team of experienced scientists and engineers at ERG with whom I can do high-quality work in this increasingly complex, challenging environment. By combining our perspectives and skill sets, we leverage these new opportunities and solve the problems inherent in handcrafting state-of-the-art air data sets.


Richard Billings, a senior scientist at ERG, has specialized in air quality projects related to aircraft, marine vessel, and railways for the past 23 years. He stays abreast of the latest developments in his field and has supported his clients in integrating these advancements into their initiatives and programs. 

His work has included support for developing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Emissions Inventory, support for EPA’s SmartWay partnership program, and help in developing a range of rules concerning aviation and marine vessel emissions. Richard has supported the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Gulf of Mexico and Arctic studies; the U.S. Department of Transportation’s report on Transportation’s Role in Reducing U.S. GHG Emissions; the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s studies of black carbon; and Argonne National Laboratory’s Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation Model (GREET) model.  

Richard is an active member of the Transportation Research Board’s Marine Environment Committee (AW030) and a friend to the Environmental Impacts of Aviation Committee (AV030). He has a B.A. in philosophy and history from George Mason University and an M.S. in environmental science and engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Outside work, Richard enjoys traveling, swimming, watercolors, and poetry.