The California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)

Jan 1, 2024

January 1, 2024

California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) was originally adopted in 2009 and became effective in 2011. It is administered by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The LCFS applies to fuels used for transportation, including gasoline and diesel and their alternatives. The goal of the program is to reduce the carbon intensity (CI) of the transportation fuel pool in California. The current reduction targets set a goal of 10% in 2022, decreasing steadily to a 20% reduction goal in 2030. CARB is considering amendments to strengthen pre-2030 targets in addition to an extension of the targets post-2030, potentially at an accelerated reduction rate, but additional specifics have not yet been offered. Stillwater currently expects the extended targets to go out to 2035 or 2040 with potentially higher annual rates of CI-reduction.

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