An Overview and Next Steps for California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Presented at A&WMA’s 113th Annual Conference & Exhibition, July 2020

This SCS Engineer’s paper provides an overview of the Low Carbon Fuel Standards (LCFS)  program, its applicability, reporting, and verification requirements, as well as CARB LCFS market and stability.

The LCFS regulation is a key component of California’s overall goal to become carbon neutral by 2045 and compliments other State GHG reduction programs. These programs include California’s Cap and Trade Program, which sets a statewide limit on the largest emitting sources that are responsible for 85% of the State’s GHG emissions, the Advance Clean Cars Program which requires more stringent emission limits on cars manufactured after 2015, and the Senate Bill (SB) 375, which requires regional land use and transportation planning with the end goal to provide communities with transportation alternatives so there are less single-occupant vehicles on the road. In addition, the LCFS is necessary to meet the Governor’s goal to reduce California’s petroleum use by half by 2030 using 2015 as a baseline.

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