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EPA sets a first in accurately accounting for GHG emissions from waste biofuel feedstocks

In a rule released last month, EPA became the first regulatory body to accurately account for greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from displacing waste, residue, and byproduct biofuel feedstocks from pre-...In a rule released last month, EPA became the first regulatory body to accurately account for greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from displacing waste, residue, and byproduct biofuel feedstocks from pre-...
Published 2018.09.17: Blog Post

A comparison of contracts for difference versus traditional financing schemes to support ultralow-carbon fuel production in California

ICCT’s previous work on the low-carbon fuels investment policies suggests that the largest barriers to the production of ultralow-carbon fuels are primarily economic and political. A contract-for-...
Published 2017.01.23: Publication

Contracts for Difference could help to expand ultralow-carbon fuel production in California [press release]

While there is a strong need to bring down the greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels, existing incentives for ultralow-carbon fuel production don’t do enough to bridge the gap and bring...
Published 2016.10.17: News

Development and analysis of a durable low-carbon fuel investment policy for California

In order to reduce the carbon footprint of California’s transport sector and meet the state’s ambitious climate goals, California must transition away from petroleum and first-generation biofuels...
Published 2016.10.17: Publication

Waste, residue and by‐product definitions for the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard

This report by ICF International was commissioned by ICCT to inform life-cycle treatment of biofuel feedstocks under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), as well as biofuel regulations in...
Published 2016.01.27: Publication

Potential low carbon fuel supply to the Pacific Coast region of North America

This study investigates the potential to meet the fuel carbon goals of four jurisdictions of the Pacific Coast region, simultaneously. California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, British Columbia’s Low...
Published 2015.01.23: Publication

A Guide for the Perplexed to the Indirect Effects of Biofuels Production

Over the past decade, the concept of indirect land use change (ILUC) has come from obscurity to become a primary concern for biofuels policy. In the U.S., the Renewable Fuel Standard and California's...
Published 2014.09.04: Publication

CARB looks to innovative methods to reduce upstream oil production emissions

In April of 2009 the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) regulation, which came into effect in January of 2010. The LCFS is one of few initiatives in...The California Air Resource Board has amended its system for crediting innovative emissions reductions from upstream oil operations
Published 2013.07.17: Blog Post

The changing oil landscape, and the need for regulation

In January, ICCT collaborated with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Energy Foundation to present a symposium in Washington DC looking at the new realities of a world rich in...A new report from ICCT and Carnegie points to the opportunity to regulate crude oil production emissions
Published 2013.06.24: Blog Post

Uncovering Oil’s Unknowns

The oil market, which traditionally has been slow to change, is transforming in ways that were unthinkable a few years ago. By 2020, the United States is projected to be the world’s largest oil...
Published 2013.06.24: Publication

Unconventional Oil Symposium

While worldwide supplies of accessible oil are growing, the array of emerging unconventional oil is diversifying. These new oil sources pose important energy, environmental, security, and climate...
Published 2013.01.09: Event

DOD Biofuels Procurement Plans Blocked by US House, Senate in FY2013 Budget

Last week, the US Senate Armed Services Committee passed a resolution for the Senate’s FY2013 budget that will significantly curtail the Department of Defence’s (DOD) biofuel procurement plans for...United States Senate and House of Representatives pass budget resolutions limiting the ability of the US military to invest in commercialising advanced biofuels
Published 2012.06.01: Blog Post

Displacement ratios for US corn DDGS

  With large-scale biofuel production, co-products such as dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) are increasingly being used in animal feed rations.  In the process they displace various other...
Published 2012.05.25: Publication

Comments: California LCFS Credit Revenue Allocation

Comments filed in response to the 8 February 2012 “Administrative Law Judges’ Ruling Providing Guidance on Track 2 Activities” on the allocation of Electric Distribution Utility LCFS credits,...
Published 2012.03.30: News

Environmental burden shifting and sustainability criteria for biofuels

Biofuels are here for three reasons – climate change mitigation, energy security and to increase rural incomes. The supposed climate change mitigation potential of biofuels comes with the idea that...Biofuels policies are normally justified as global warming mitigation measures, as well as having benefits for energy security and rural development. However, intensive agricultural production...
Published 2012.03.26: Blog Post

Historical Analysis and Projection of Oil Palm Plantation Expansion on Peatland in Southeast Asia

This study demonstrates that the area of industrial oil palm (OP) plantations in the peatlands of insular Southeast Asia (Malaysia and Indonesia, except the Papua Provinces) has increased drastically...
Published 2012.02.22: Publication

US district court rules Low Carbon Fuel Standard unconstitutional

On December 29th 2011, a federal judge at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California ruled against the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in the case Rocky Mountain...On December 29th 2011, a federal judge at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California ruled against the California Air Resources Board in the case Rocky Mountain Farmers...
Published 2012.01.24: Blog Post

Empirical evidence on crop elasticities

This technical note addresses an important empirical issue in the study of biofuels and indirect land use. Incremental crops used by the biofuel industry are provided by some combination of decreased...
Published 2011.09.22: Publication

U.S. low-carbon fuel policies

There are two major low carbon fuel policies in place in the United States: the US Renewable Fuel Standard (often referred to RFS2) and the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (known as LCFS). RFS2...
Published 2011.04.21: Publication

Summary report on low-carbon fuel standards

This paper provides a summary overview of low carbon fuel-related standards in various stages of development and implementation worldwide. These standards represent an important step in curbing GHG...
Published 2009.10.04: Publication