Considering A Regional Clean Fuel Standard
Transportation is the primary source of climate pollution in the Puget Sound region – over 40 percent of the Puget Sound region's greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution.
In 2017, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency's Board of Directors adopted a science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, and is considering adopting a regional Clean Fuel Standard to help meet that target.
A Clean Fuel Standard would reduce greenhouse gas pollution from transportation to address climate change and protect human health. The standard would apply to transportation fuels supplied or sold in the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency's jurisdiction -- King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.
The Agency has drafted a rule for the Agency's Board of Directors to consider for action in early 2020.
- October 9, 2019: Release of a draft Clean Fuel Standard rule, starting a 90-day public comment period.
- December 19, 2019: Public hearing and Board of Directors meeting on the draft rule at the Washington State Convention Center.
- January 6, 2020: The public comment period closes.
- Early 2020: The Agency will consider all comments received during the public comment period. The Agency's Board of Directors will then consider action on a potential final rule no sooner than the Board's meeting on February 27, 2020.
Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) - Environmental Checklist (October 8, 2019)
Determination of Nonsignificance (October 8, 2019)
CR-102 (October 8, 2019)
Technical Analysis (September 2019)
The public has 90 days to provide comment and feedback on the draft rule. Comments can be provided in the following ways:
All comments are due by January 6, 2020.
Thursday, December 19, 2019 | 12:30 - 4:30 p.m., 5 - 8 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center
705 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101
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The Agency contracted with ICF to assess the availability of clean transportation fuels and to conduct an analysis of the air quality, health, and economic impacts of a regional Clean Fuel Standard.
The key findings from the analysis include:
- A Clean Fuel Standard can significantly reduce the Puget Sound region’s GHG pollution – up to a 26% reduction in carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2030.
- A Clean Fuel Standard will improve air quality and public health, especially in communities near major roadways.
- A Clean Fuel Standard is consistent with the region’s economic growth. Any changes to economic productivity and employment are estimated to be very small (plus or minus one tenth of one percent in 2030).
What's in the Agency's draft Clean Fuel Standard rule? – Joel Creswell, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
How Carbon Intensity Works with a Clean Fuel Standard – Julie Witcover, Ph.D., UC Davis [13 minutes]
Why a Clean Fuel Standard is Necessary to Fight Climate Change – Colin Murphy, Ph.D., UC Davis [11 minutes]
An Overview of Oregon's Clean Fuels Program – Cory-Ann Wind, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality [8 minutes]
California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard – Jim Duffy, California Air Resources Board [9 minutes]
Clean Fuel Standard fact sheet
What is a Clean Fuel Standard?
A Clean Fuel Standard reduces greenhouse gas pollution from transportation through a system of deficit and credit trading that requires transportation fuels to become cleaner over time.
Who else has a Clean Fuel Standard?
California, Oregon, and British Columbia have established Clean Fuel Standards to reduce transportation pollution and are already seeing success.
- California began their Low Carbon Fuel Standard in 2011. The state reduced over 11 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2018 alone.
- Oregon has reduced over 2.9 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector since 2016.
- British Columbia has avoided over eight million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions since 2010.
What is carbon intensity?
Carbon intensity is the amount of total carbon generated from the type of fuel used. It includes direct and indirect effects, such as land use changes that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and includes the complete life-cycle of the fuel pathway (often called "wells to wheels") from production to transportation to use.