CARB Proposes Amendments to Strengthen LCFS Rules
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) proposed new regulations to “update and strengthen” the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) regulation. CARB will vote on the amendments on March 21, 2024.
The LCFS program is California’s main program to reduce emissions from transportation fuels. The program requires fuel producers to reduce the carbon intensity of fuels sold in California. Companies that miss the mandated targets are required to buy credits from companies that sell cleaner fuels.
According to the CARB staff’s “Initial Statement of Reasons,” the regulatory update proposal focuses on the following key concepts:
Increasing the stringency of the program to reduce emissions and decarbonize the transportation fuel sector;
Strengthening the program’s equity provisions to promote investment in disadvantaged, low-income and rural communities;
Supporting electric and hydrogen truck refueling;
Incentivizing more production of clean fuels needed in the future, such as low-carbon hydrogen;
Supporting methane emissions reductions and deploying biomethane for best uses across transportation; and
Strengthening guardrails on crop-based fuels to prevent deforestation or other potential adverse impacts.
CARB is proposing these amendments to “help support implementation of California’s world-leading zero-emission vehicle policies, align with the 2022 Scoping Plan Update, and provide a model for other jurisdictions looking to deploy clean fuel and climate policies.”