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CalEPA to hold public workshop on new strategies to achieve carbon neutrality in transportation; vehicles and fuels

The 2019-2020 California State Budget authorizes $3 million for two studies focused on the state’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2045.

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), in consultation with the Energy Commission, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, the Natural Resources Agency, the Transportation Agency, and the Air Resources Board, is conducting the two studies.

  • Study 1 - Identify strategies to significantly reduce emissions from vehicles and to achieve carbon neutrality in that sector.

  • Study 2 - Identify strategies to decrease demand and supply of fossil fuels, while managing the decline of fossil fuel use in a way that is economically responsible and sustainable.

On 24 September 2019, CalEPA and its sister agency partners will hold a public workshop to discuss the priorities of these two studies, their integration into existing regulatory and planning processes, relevant timelines, and ongoing public engagement.

According to the text authorizing the studies:

  • Vehicles. $1,500,000 will be available for a study to identify strategies to significantly reduce emissions from vehicles and to achieve carbon neutrality in the sector, including the transition to zero-emission light-duty vehicles, in particular, passenger vehicles, the transition to zero-emission heavy vehicles, and the adoption of other technology to significantly reduce emissions from heavy vehicles; the role of alternative fuels; and the impact of land use policy.

    The study shall include, but not be limited to, strategies for reducing vehicle miles traveled, including increasing transit ridership.

  • Demand and Supply of Fossil Fuels. $1,500,000 will be available for a study to identify strategies to decrease demand and supply of fossil fuels, while managing the decline of fossil fuel use in a way that is economically responsible and sustainable.

    The Secretary for Environmental Protection shall contract with the University of California system to produce this study. An interagency state team led by the California Environmental Protection Agency shall further develop the scope of the study in order to evaluate pathways to achieve a carbon neutral economy by 2045, manage the decline of in-state production as the state’s fossil fuel demand decreases, and assess potential impacts to disadvantaged and low-income communities and strategies to address those impacts.

Comments

zaphraud

Actually, I heard that pretty soon, CalEPA isn't going to be regulating cars at all. Because the federal government is already doing a great job making cars run clean in areas where the air has suffered in the past, and this push to classify carbon dioxide as a pollutant is extremely harmful to the working class americans who depend on clean, reliable fossil fuels to live and work.

In the 1970s and 1980s, CalEPA was a beacon of hope for the future - mandating the catalytic converter before the federal government, banning lead before the federal government, and generally helping clean the poisons out of the environment. That battle has been fought and won. Instead of declaring victory, the people of California are instead being held hostage to mission creep as CalEPA continues to try to justify its existence.

This needs to end. There is no benefit to the environment of Californians when CO2 emissions are regulated. The air Californians breath is no cleaner as a result of CO2 regulations. Stop putting the interests of the globalists and rich electric car owners ahead of the working people who depend upon California's clean burning gasoline vehicles and roads to make an honest living.

SJC

All reductions of CO2 emission help humans on this planet.

Engineer-Poet

California has been totally disingenuous about decarbonization for as long as I have been following the issue.

The most effective (lowest cost/benefit) decarbonization strategy for transportation is HEV followed by PHEV, with PHEV able to get within striking distance of the direct emissions reduction required for atmospheric stabilization.  But for this to work, the electric power used for charging must be both extremely low-carbon and available on demand (esp. overnight).  Nuclear is the only scalable energy source which can provide such electricity; California lacks the rainfall for adequate hydro, and its very limited geothermal resource is depleting rapidly.

Promoting PHEV should have been chief among CARB's tasks, but when commercial PHEV offerings came up to the task of meeting CARB's standards, CARB raised the bar so that they didn't qualify.  This was a prime emissions-reduction opportunity that was not merely squandered, but deliberately killed.  The efforts by California to kill nuclear power (and replace it with polluting natural gas) need no further mention here.

Given this, it's no wonder that so many people believe that anthropogenic climate change is a hoax.  All you have to do is look at the hypocritical actions of its most fervent adherents, both individual and governmental.

HarveyD

Another solution, beside PHEVs and NPPs, would be the installation of many more REs to create enough surplus/excess clean e-energy to operate multiple electrolysers/H2 and H2 storage sites for up to 25,000,000 FCEVs in California.

California could kill at least four (4+) birds at the same time and greatly reduce pollution and GHGs. It could become a showcase for the world.

Low cost labour from Mexico and Central America could be used to manufacture and install many 1000's larger wind mills, lower cost solar panels, very large solar plants, multiple electrolyser and H2 storage-distribution sites.

Engineer-Poet

The hypedrogen shill has been heard from once again.

Highview Power's LAES system could provide round-trip electric storage efficiency on the order of one-way electrolysis to compressed H2, and with vastly cheaper components.  It could eliminate California's negative PV pricing problem and the "duck curve" to truly put more REs on the grid.  But the hypedrogen shill can only tout what's he's being paid to tout.

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