For the third year in a row and heading into the fourth, the transportation sector continues to be the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission in the United States. In response, states including California and Oregon have implemented low carbon fuels standards and alternative fuels standards to reduce GHG emissions from transportation. These sophisticated standards examine the intensity of GHG emissions per unit of fuel energy through the whole lifecycle of fuel including production, shipment, and use.
Washington State proposed their own state-level low carbon fuels standards which had aimed to reduce GHG emissions from transportation fuels to 10% below 2017 levels by 2028, and 20% below 2017 levels by 2035. However, in April 2019, the Washington state low carbon fuels bill stalled, prompting experts to return to the drawing board to tackle this pressing issue.
ELI, POET LLC, Van Ness Feldman LLP, and expert panelists presented this captivating program on the obstacles and opportunities of the legislative and regulatory processes for the use of cleaner fuels with lower carbon intensity. Panelists focused on low carbon fuel standards and alternative fuel standards, opportunities to use low carbon biofuels, the multifaceted challenges associated with the rule-making processes, and share multiple perspectives on the leading obstacles and areas of opportunity for reducing GHG emissions in the transportation sector.
Sara Leverette, Of Counsel, Van Ness Feldman LLP
Representative Shelley Kloba, 1st District, Washington House of Representatives
Shailesh Sahay, Senior Regulatory Counsel, POET LLC, Moderator
Kyle Danish, Partner, Van Ness Feldman LLP and Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Craig Kenworthy, Executive Director, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
Oyango Snell, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Western States Petroleum Association
Michael Walz, Director, Public Affairs and State Government Relations, POET LLC
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