Blow for biofuels, California bans new gas-powered cars in 2035
“While we support the state’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, we strongly disagree that electric vehicles are the only way to get there. winners and losers of technology often backfire and rarely produce the desired results.We believe that technology – neutral and market-based approaches like the low-carbon fuel standard are far more efficient and economical to achieve the desired carbon reductions.”
The FRG said ethanol has delivered nearly 27 million metric tons of greenhouse gas savings in the state’s LCFS, or about 35% of the total since the policy was put in place. .
“In addition, the average carbon intensity of ethanol used in California has declined significantly since 2011 as ethanol producers have adopted new technologies and CARB has improved its modeling,” Cooper said.
“U.S. ethanol producers have committed to net zero carbon emissions, on average, by 2050 or earlier and have identified several viable pathways to that goal. California to open up to all the possibilities that are available to us.”
The new rule requires automakers to deliver an increasing number of zero-emission light-duty vehicles each year from 2026, CARB said in a press release. Sales of zero-emission vehicles must reach 35% in 2026, increase to 68% in 2030 and reach 100% in 2035.
The council said the rule would reduce smog-causing pollution from light-duty vehicles by 25% by 2037.
“From 2026 to 2040, the regulations will result in avoided cumulative health impacts worth nearly $13 billion, including 1,290 fewer cardiopulmonary deaths, 460 fewer hospitalizations for cardiovascular or respiratory disease, and 650 emergency room visits. less for asthma,” CARB said.
As a result of the regulations, CARB estimates that there will be 2.9 million fewer new gasoline vehicles sold, rising to 9.5 million fewer conventional vehicles by 2035. “In 2040, emissions greenhouse gas emissions from cars, vans and SUVs are halved, and from 2026 to 2040, the regulations reduce global warming pollution from these vehicles by a cumulative total of 395 million metric tons” , CARB said in the statement.
In comments filed with CARB on the rule, the RFA said flex-fuel vehicles could play an important role in reducing carbon emissions in California.
“Higher blends of low-carbon ethanol in the current and future gasoline pool represent the closest and most affordable route to deeper and immediate reductions in light-duty fleet GHG emissions” , Cooper said in comments.
“FFVs running on 100% renewable low- or zero-carbon fuel equates to the GHG benefits of battery electric vehicles and lower cost to the vehicle, automakers have demonstrated the ability to build quantities massive amounts of FFV motors at negligible additional cost.”
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