This briefing has been prepared by Nikita Pavlenko of International Council on Clean Transportation. There has been growing interest in introducing a national low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) in the United States as a replacement for the current Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The RFS, a program that mandates increasing volumes of various types of biofuels over time, is not well defined by law after 2022 and has become politically divisive.
A national-level low-carbon fuel standard, similar to existing policies implemented in California and Oregon, would be technology-neutral, wherein fuels would generate credits or deficits based on their greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity. Depending on how it is designed, the transition from the existing RFS to a nationallevel LCFS could pose new risks or exacerbate existing issues in U.S. fuels policy.
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