The transportation system on the Pacific Coast accounts for at least 40% of regional greenhouse gas emissions. Using cleaner fuels in transportation is an important strategy to meet the region’s goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80% over the next 30 years. The PCC jurisdictions released a policy brief explaining each of the state and provinces’ policies and highlighting the success of collaborative efforts to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels across the region. Key highlights:Key highlights:
- Under low carbon fuel standards in British Columbia, Oregon, and California, alternative fuels have provided the transportation energy equivalent of 9 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel.
- The use of alternative fuels in place of fossil fuels has resulted in nearly 53 million metric tons fewer greenhouse gas emissions on the West Coast, according to the most recent data from each program, an amount equivalent to removing 11 million passenger cars from the road for an entire year.
- Credits generated by the low carbon fuel standards are boosting the market for electric vehicles. California and Oregon have sold more than 528,000 battery electric vehicles through December 2018. The proceeds from credit sales in California fund EV rebate programs, electric buses in transit fleets, charging stations, and can be applied to lower the cost of charging. More >>