California ARB to Hold Public Workshop on Formation of Expert Group to Work on Land Use and Indirect Effect Analysis for LCFS
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has scheduled a public workshop on 20 January 2010 in Sacramento to discuss the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Among the items to be discussed, staff intends to present information on the formation of an expert workgroup to assist in refining and improving the land use and indirect effect analysis of transportation fuels regulated under the LCFS.
The LCFS regulation was approved by the Board at the 23 April 2009 Board hearing. (Earlier post.) At that hearing, the Board also adopted Resolution 09-31 directing staff to do additional work for the implementation of the LCFS. This meeting is scheduled to provide updates on the status of the follow up items in the resolution.
The LCFS calls for at least a 10% reduction from 2006 levels in the carbon intensity (measured in gCO2e/MJ) of California’s transportation fuels by 2020. The regulation also levies the calculation of Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) effects against biofuels, against the strong opposition of the biofuels industry.
ARB agreed to continue its study of indirect effects, including indirect land use change as well as the indirect effects of all other transportation fuels.