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newsrel -- Air Resources Board readopts Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Posted: 25 Sep 2015 12:07:00
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board: http://bit.ly/1OXa1bg


September 25, 2015



Dave Clegern
(916) 322-2990

Air Resources Board readopts Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Requires 10 percent reduction in carbon intensity of
transportation fuels by 2020

Sacramento — The Air Resources Board today re-adopted a Low
Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which requires a 10 percent
reduction by 2020 in the carbon intensity of transportation
fuels. The LCFS, a pillar supporting the state’s efforts to fight
climate change, delivers more clean fuels for Californians, and
reduces emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants.

“Today’s action builds on years of successful implementation and
will continue reducing carbon emissions from the transportation
sector. Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gases
in the state,” said Air Resources Board Chair Mary D. Nichols.
“This program is a key element of California’s plans to enact
Governor Brown’s Executive Order mandating a 50 percent cut in
petroleum use by 2030.” 

The LCFS is an important tool in California’s efforts to reduce
the impacts of climate change by spurring innovation in an array
of cleaner fuels. The program requires that transportation fuels
used in California meet a baseline target for carbon intensity.
That target is reduced each year. If a product is above the
annual carbon intensity target, the fuel incurs deficits. If a
product is below that target, the fuel generates credits which
may be used later for compliance, or sold to other producers who
have deficits. So far, fuel producers are over-complying with the

Carbon intensity is determined through a life cycle analysis
measuring the amount of carbon generated during the extraction,
production, transportation, and combustion of a fuel. The LCFS
does not require use of any specific fuel, only that regulated
parties find a blend of fuels and credits that will meet the
declining target each year.

The LCFS is a pillar supporting California’s effort to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with AB 32’s 2020 target
and to achieve further reductions beyond that.  The regulation is
also intended to spur innovation in transportation fuels and to
reduce California’s dependence on petroleum.

The decline in the LCFS carbon intensity targets was frozen due
to a legal challenge. To address the court’s ruling and to
strengthen the program, the Air Resources Board readopted the
LCFS regulation following public testimony delivered yesterday at
the first of a two-day Board meeting. 

The readopted version of the LCFS includes a number of
modifications developed with stakeholder input. These include:

•	Incorporating additional cost containment in response to
stakeholder concerns about possible price spikes by including a
mechanism to cap LCFS credit prices;
•	Streamlining the application process for alternative fuel
producers seeking a carbon intensity score;
•	Improving the process for earning LCFS credits by charging
electric vehicles.

Alternative Diesel Fuels

The Board today also adopted a regulation governing alternative
diesel fuels (ADF). The regulation puts in place a three-step
process beginning in 2016 to create a path to bring cleaner
diesel substitutes into the market. This regulation also
establishes requirements and fuel specifications for biodiesel to
ensure the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from biodiesel use
will not increase, and will be reduced over time.  Biodiesel and
other ADFs can help producers achieve their target under the

Other programs that will result in a decreased use of petroleum
while helping achieve the 40 percent reduction of greenhouse
gases by 2030 as called for by Governor Brown include the
advanced clean car regulations that deliver greater fuel
efficiency, the zero-emission vehicle mandate putting more
electric and hydrogen powered cars on the streets, and the
State’s efforts under SB 375 to develop more livable, walkable
communities and improve public transit.

California’s greenhouse gas reduction programs achieve additional
benefits. For example, the reduction of greenhouse gases as a
result of reduced petroleum use often coincides with reductions
of air pollutants that increase the severity of asthma and
cardiovascular disease, and ultimately cost Californians their

View the amended LCFS and ADF regulation here:

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