CARB Uses Metric Change to Promote EVs

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has made alterations to its widely adopted Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).

It claims the move will incentivize sales of electric and hydrogen vehicles. The LCFS currently requires the state to reduce the “carbon intensity” of its transportation fuels by 10% by 2020. Under the newly approved amendments, the policy will mandate a 20% reduction in these fuels’ carbon intensity, but with the deadline to do so moved back to 2030.

The CARB claims this will make the LCFS the US’ “most stringent requirement” of its type and “a more versatile, comprehensive tool in the fight against climate change”. The amendments are being accompanied by credits for EV buyers. CARB chairwoman Mary D Nichols says this “will provide a clear incentive for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sales and infrastructure, as requested by the legislature and Governor [of California Jerry] Brown”.

Along with consumers, credits will also apparently be awarded to utilities providing recharging facilities for EVs and refueling stations for hydrogen vehicles. The credits are apparently “generated by producers of cleaner fuels and can be sold to producers whose product will not meet the program’s declining benchmark for carbon intensity. In the case of utilities, credits are generated based on charging for ZEVs”.

With the new amendments, the CARB is also claiming to have conceived “the most stringent regulatory protocol in the country to set requirements for carbon capture and storage (CCS)”, which it says will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes. The amendments are scheduled to take effect on New Year’s Day 2019.

 


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