World’s First Low Carbon Fuel Standard Approved in California

California Air Resources Board (ARB) today adopted Governor Schwarzenegger's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) for the reduction of gas emissions by ten percent by 2020.

California will reach its most important goal by the use of low carbon fuels that allows a boost of innovative fuel production and give the alternative-fuel vehicles industry a chance for cutting its way through the current preferences.

According to ARB analysis, to produce the more than 1.5 billion gallons of biofuels needed, over 25 new biofuel facilities will have to be built and will create more than 3,000 new jobs, mostly in the state's rural areas. Production of fuels within the state will also keep the revenues local by reducing the need to purchase fuel from abroad.

Public health is also seriously favored. The new standard is supposed not only to reduce air-pollution, but to create new jobs for California's fight against global warming and the increase of energy security.

Though achieving the ambitious purpose requires a high resource investment, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) supports this measure and promotes the benefits.

“The low-carbon fuel standard is an important tool to help California transform its fuel mix. When coupled with an economy wide cap on emissions that includes the transportation sector, the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard represents the ultimately cost effective and technologically feasible way to transform our transportation sector and meet carbon reduction goals,” said Tim O’Connor, attorney for EDF.
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