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newsrel -- California Clean Fuels rule reports 100 percent compliance

Posted: 16 May 2017 10:40:40
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board:



May 16, 2017



Dave Clegern
(916) 322-2990

California Clean Fuels rule reports 100 percent compliance

Low Carbon Fuel Standard helps replace 480 million gallons of
diesel fuel with renewables in one year

Sacramento—Further evidence that renewable transportation fuels
are rapidly replacing fossil fuels was presented today when the
California Air Resources Board (CARB) released the 2016
Compliance Report for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). It
shows 100 percent compliance with the regulation.

“Full compliance is further evidence that the LCFS is working as
designed,” said Executive Officer Richard Corey. “This means that
cleaner, renewable fuels encouraged by the program are now
replacing hundreds of millions of gallons of fossil fuel every
year and significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well
as other pollutants.”

The LCFS requires transportation fuel producers to reduce the
carbon intensity of their fuels 10 percent by 2020. Greenhouse
gas (GHG) emissions are counted at all stages of production,
known as “well-to-wheel” life cycle analysis.

The LCFS was developed to help California achieve AB 32’s 2020
reduction target of a return to 1990 levels of GHG emissions. The
program is also important for reaching the 2030 GHG reduction
target set by the Governor and the Legislature. That new target
requires GHG emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels. 

The program is providing consumers with an increasing volume of
cleaner fuels. As an example, in 2016, renewable liquid fuels
displaced over 400 million gallons of diesel, and more than 80
million gallons were displaced by renewable natural gas.

There are 224 companies reporting in the LCFS. Of those, 54
generated credit deficits for fuels with carbon intensity above
the desired baseline and were required to make up for the
shortfall. All obligations were fulfilled.

In 2016, the industry continued to over-comply with the
regulation, generating 9.1 million credits against 6.8 million

Since the start of the program in 2011 it has generated credits
representing 25.6 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emission
reductions. That equals over-compliance of  9.7 million metric
tons, and means that GHG emission reductions are occurring ahead
of schedule.

Full 2016 compliance information is available here:

Learn more about the LCFS here:

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