LCFS Workgroups and Subprograms

This page last reviewed Sep 8, 2014

The Low Carbon Fuel Standard regulation was approved by the Board on April 23, 2009 and became law on January 12, 2010.  The Resolutuion 09-31 directed the ARB staff to establish several workgroups to address the issues that raised by the stakeholders during the rulemaking process.

LCFS Expert Workgroup (EWG)

To address the indirect land use change (iLUC) of the biofuels.  The first meeting was held on February 26, 2010 and monthly thereafter to identify the subjects and workplans. For more information, see the EWG website

LCFS Program Review Advisory Panel

Created to assist staff in assessing the efficacy of LCFS Program implementation.  For more information, see the Advisory Panel website.

LCFS Reporting Tool Workgroup (LRT)

Development of the Compliance Tools and Enforcement Protocol for the LCFS such as tracking, certification, and enforcement of fuels and fuel feedstock of LCFS.  For more more information see the LRT website.

LCFS Sustainability Workgroup (SWG)

The Board directed staff to work with stakeholders to develop sustainability provisions for the LCFS and bring recommendations back to the Board by December 2011. For more information see the SWG website.

LCFS Electricity Workgroup

The Electricity Workgroup was created to address issues related to regulated parties of electricity as a transportation fuel. The Board directed staff at the April 2009 hearing to form the workgroup with stakeholders and continue to work to review applicable provisions. For more information see the Electricity Workgroup meeting website.

    LCFS Crude Oil Lifecycle Assessment

    This page provides information regarding the Crude Oil Lifecycle Assessment under the LCFS.  In 2009, the Board directed staff to prepare guidelines to assist regulated parties in determining carbon intensity values for crude oil used in California.  For more information see the LCFS Crude Oil Lifecycle Assesment website.

      Lifecycle Analysis Workgroup (LCA)

      Investigation of the lifecycle of Energy Use and Greenhouse Gases of available transportation fuel pathways (so called Well-to-Wheel or WTW) including Sustainability, Land Use Conversion, Fuel Co-products, Default Values, Uncertainty, etc.)

      Detailed California-Modified GREET Pathway for Transportation Fuels:

      Fuels Pathways Version 1 Version 2 Version 2.1  Version 2.x  Version 3.0
      CARBOB (California Gasoline Blendstock) Apr 22, 2008 (PDF-657k)  Jan 12, 2009 (PDF-365k) Feb 27, 2009 (PDF-434k) Sep 12, 2012 Supplement (PDF)

      CaRFG (California Reformulated Gasoline) Apr 22, 2008 (PDF-271k)  Jan 12, 2009 (PDF- 96k) Feb 27, 2009 (PDF-99k) Sep 12, 2012 Supplement (PDF)

      ULSD (California Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel) Apr 22, 2008 (PDF-675k)  Jan 12, 2009 (PDF-358k) Feb 27, 2009 (PDF-596k) Sep 12, 2012 Supplement (PDF)

      Corn Ethanol Apr 22, 2008 (PDF-835k)  Jan 20, 2009 (PDF-459k) Feb 27, 2009 (PDF-461k)

      Sugarcane Ethanol (from Brazil)     Jan 12, 2009 (PDF-177k) Feb 27, 2009 (PDF-223k) July 20, 2009 (PDF-231k)
      Sep 23, 2009 (PDF-233k)

      Cellulosic Ethanol (from Farmed Trees)    Jan 20, 2009 (PDF-324k) Feb 27, 2009 (PDF-352k)

      Cellulosic Ethanol (from Forest Waste)     Feb 27, 2009 (PDF-411k)

      Biodiesel (from Soybean)  Oct 3, 2008 (PDF-148k)  Jan 20, 2009 (PDF-278k) Feb 27, 2009 (PDF-306k)
      Dec 14, 2009 (PDF-316k)
      Renewable Diesel (from Soybean)      Feb 27, 2009 (PDF-285k)
      Dec 14, 2009 (PDF-295k)
      Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) from North American Natural Gas (NA NG) Apr 22, 2008 (PDF-580k)  Jan 12, 2009 (PDF-490k) Feb 27, 2009 (PDF-572k)

      CNG (from Landfill Gas) Oct 3, 2008 (PDF-151k)   Feb 27, 2009 (PDF-196k)

      Electricity (Average and Marginal California Mix) Apr 22, 2008 (PDF-682k)  Jan 20, 2009 (PDF-305k) Feb 27, 2009 (PDF-295k)

      Hydrogen (Gaseous Hydrogen from NA NG) Jul 29, 2008 (PDF-148k)  Jan 20, 2009 (PDF-160k) Feb 27, 2009 (PDF-243k)

      Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from NA NG and Remote NG   July 20, 2009 (PDF-200k) Sep 23, 2009 (PDF-204k)

      LNG (from Landfill Gas)   July 20, 2009 (PDF-235k) Sep 23, 2009 (PDF-230k)

      LNG (from Dairy Digester Biogas)   July 20, 2009 (PDF-125k) Sep 23, 2009 (PDF-129k)

      Biodiesel (from Used Cooking Oil)   July 20, 2009 (PDF-215k) Sep 23, 2009 (PDF-206k)

      Renewable Diesel (from Tallow)  July 20, 2009 (PDF-200k) Sep 23, 2009 (PDF-277k)

      CNG (from Dairy Digester Gas)  July 20, 2009 (PDF-144k)

      Biodiesel (Northern American Canola to Biodiesel plants in U.S.) December 14, 2010 (PDF)

      Biodiesel (from Corn Oil from Dry Mill Ethanol Plant) December 14, 2011 (PDF)

      Ethanol (Sorghum from Midwest) December 14, 2010 (PDF) December 28, 2010 (PDF)

      Biomethane (from High Solids Anaerobic Digestion (HSAD) of Organic Wastes)June 28, 2012 (PDF)
      North American Landfill Gas to CNGMarch 15, 2013 (PDF)
      Biomethane (from Mesophilic Anaerobic Digestion of Wastewater Sludge at a Public-Owned Treament Works)September 8, 2014 (PDF)

      Policy and Regulatory Workgroup

      Examination and Recommendations of the appropriate Policy and Regulatory frameworks for LCFS Program in accordance to the California Legislature mandates and Governor's Executive Orders.
      • January 29, 2009: Revisions to the Draft LCFS Regulation (PDF-110k)
      • December 1, 2008: Changes to the Draft Regulation for the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (PDF-196k) (as of December 1, 2008)
      • October 2008: The Draft Regulation LCFS (PDF-200k)
      • March 20, 2008: Proposed Concept Outline for the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard Regulation (PDF- 186k)

      Environmental and Economic Workgroup

      • December 2008: Proposed Economic (PDF-35k) and Environmental Analysis Workplans for the LCFS.