Details begin to emerge on low-carbon fuel standard

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, May 18, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Four short months after signing an executive order establishing a low-carbon fuel standard, Governor Schwarzenegger delivered a keynote speech at an international symposium in Berkeley in which he provided a first glimpse of his plan to reduce the carbon content of California’s vehicle fuels by at least 10 percent by 2020.
The symposium was also the setting for the release of a long-awaited report by a team of officials and experts that will form the basis of much of the governor’s fuels plan.  The report proposes a methodology to determine lifecycle costs of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation fuels as well as compliance rules to enforce the fuel standard.  The report is co-authored by Alexander Farrell, of the UC Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group, and Daniel Sperling, of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis.

It is widely anticipated that when the California Air Resources Board (CARB) votes on the fuels plan and other "discrete early actions," it will make only modest changes.  AB 32, The Global Warming Solutions Act, (Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006, Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles), requires CARB to implement the early actions through its rulemaking process, a job it is required to complete in December 2008.

CMTA is part of the AB 32 Implementation Group (AB 32 IG), a broad-based business coalition that is actively and constructively engaged in the AB 32 implementation process.  AB 32 IG is working to ensure that GHG emission reductions are achieved while maintaining economic growth and the competitiveness of California businesses.  The coalition is urging CARB to adopt early actions that are market-based, cost-effective, technologically feasible and based on sound science, and to publicly release the methodology and criteria used to create the list of early actions.

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