No compromise of LCFS in new California climate bills

By Ron Kotrba | August 26, 2016

The California State Senate and Assembly passed what are being hailed as a pair of groundbreaking climate bills, SB 32 and AB 197, which Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed to sign. The bills remove questions over the state’s authority to extend its climate policies beyond the 2020 timeframe set by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), which established the target of reducing GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

SB 32 requires the California Air Resources Board to ensure that statewide greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. AB 197 provides the legislature greater oversight responsibility of climate policy. It also requires accountability and transparency for the state’s climate policies and helps ensure benefits reach underprivileged communities.

The Low Carbon Fuels Coalition praised the passage of the bills, saying they contained “absolutely no compromise” of the state’s low carbon fuel standard (LCFS).

“Kudos to the foresight and great work of Sen. Fran Pavley, Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia, their respective staffs, and the resourceful coalition of trade associations, NGOs, and low carbon businesses that won this crucial battle in the fight against climate change,” said Graham Noyes, the LCFC executive director. “The LCFC will now turn to the tasks at hand—extending the specific carbon intensity reductions of the LCFS to 2030, and working with all stakeholders to develop sound and robust low carbon fuel policies that fulfill the mandates of SB 32 and AB 197.”

The LCFC further stated that the LCFS credit market surged 15 percent after the news broke. 


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