California Companies Send Governor Letter Supporting Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Companies operating in California want Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators to push for continuation of the state’s low carbon fuel standard.

Policymakers are looking at extending the state’s climate change laws to 2030 and beyond. The letter from 155 companies and industry groups to Brown, and senate president pro tempore Kevin de León and assembly speaker Anthony Rendon, supports LCFS in its current structure and also in a potentially more stringent status in its next phase.

Originating from the state’s 2006 global warming law, AB 32, LCFS was approved in 2009 and first implemented in 2011. Fuel providers in the state were mandated to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 10 percent in 2020. The LCFS helped encourage a 57 percent increase in the use of clean fuels in California, reports Green Car Congress.

“We strongly support the LCFS, which will reduce the carbon intensity of California’s transportation fuels ten percent by 2020, and even more by 2030. The LCFS gives us the incentives we need to invest in early-commercial vehicle and fuel technologies today in order to bring down the costs for all Californians in the future,” the letter states.

Supporters of LCFS point to its “fuel neutral” state, where any clean fuel can be applied without favoring one single fuel or vehicle technology. The measure takes into effect all steps of the clean fuel’s lifecycle – from how the fuel is produced to how its transported and consumed in the vehicle.

The letter from 155 companies and industry groups shows logos and executive names and titles. Members include the most prominent companies supporting transportation powered by compressed natural gas, propane autogas, biofuels, and electrified transportation – fuel producers, fueling infrastructure suppliers, vehicle manufacturers, and fleet operators.

While several manufacturers are supplying commercial vehicles serving fleets, BYD and Tesla and the only two passenger vehicle manufacturers who’ve participated. There are a few obvious companies missing from the list with a strong presence in clean vehicles sold in California, including General Motors, Ford, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota.

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The letter also praises the clean air impact that LCFS is supporting in the state, where reducing carbon emissions is part of improving air quality in disadvantaged communities living next the freeways packing with heavy duty trucks from the ports and along the major routes truckers take to deliver cargo.

The letter said that air quality is improving in the San Joaquin Valley and the South Coast Air Basin through LCFS. These are two regions that suffer from the nation’s worst air quality, according to the coalition.

Another accomplishment recognized in the letter has been economic development coming from developing and producing low-carbon fuels. The letter acknowledges more than 20 low-carbon fuel plants now operating in the state, bringing in investments of $1.6 billion since 2011 for clean fuel production through the LCFS.

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