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Low Carbon Fuel Standards (LCFS) are performance based regulations aiming to reduce the lifecycle carbon intensity of the transport fuel supply. By imposing minimum carbon reductions on fuel suppliers that increase over time, they force some combination of the adoption of low carbon alternative fuels and reductions in the carbon intensity of conventional fossil fuel supplies.

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Develops a cost-benefit analysis to compare the impact of three separate policies to spur the additional production of ultralow-carbon fuels in California: a contract-for difference price guarantee, a per-gallon subsidy, and upfront capital grants. Uses a cashflow model to estimate the amount of new production of qualifying fuels in California from 2020 to 2030 and the cost per gallon for each policy.

Assesses the impact of market and political uncertainty on the real value of financial incentives from low-carbon fuel policies. Provides a detailed policy proposal and scenario analysis for a novel financing mechanism to support ultralow-carbon fuel production in California using a contract for difference (CfD) policy.

Estimates the potential for sustainably harvested palm residues to be used for advanced biofuel production in Indonesia.
2017.01.23

Develops a cost-benefit analysis to compare the impact of three separate policies to spur the additional production of ultralow-carbon fuels in California: a contract-for difference price guarantee, a per-gallon subsidy, and upfront capital grants. Uses a cashflow model to estimate the amount of new production of qualifying fuels in California from 2020 to 2030 and the cost per gallon for each policy.

Publication: Working paper
2016.10.17

Assesses the impact of market and political uncertainty on the real value of financial incentives from low-carbon fuel policies. Provides a detailed policy proposal and scenario analysis for a novel financing mechanism to support ultralow-carbon fuel production in California using a contract for difference (CfD) policy.

Publication: White paper
2016.06.09
Estimates the potential for sustainably harvested palm residues to be used for advanced biofuel production in Indonesia.
Publication: White paper
2016.02.11
One of the environmentally positive outcomes of the EU’s ILUC Directive was the requirement for Member States to set national targets for
Blog Post
2016.01.29
Some biofuels proponents have recently been at odds with regulators over the extent to which some fuels policies could unfairly burden biofuels against fossil fuels.
Blog Post
2016.01.27

Proposes guidelines for categorizing biofuel feedstocks for the purpose of regulatory life-cycle analysis

Publication: Consultant report
2015.12.04

Provides information on possible calculation frameworks to estimate and report the life cycle GHG emissions from oil-based transport fuels placed in the EU market. 

Publication: Consultant report
2015.07.07

Presents results of studies on the EU crude oil market and GHG emissions, along with a model for lifecycle analysis of crude extraction and an estimate of carbon intensity of oil supplied to the European Union in 2010.

Publication: Consultant report
2015.02.19
Producing first generation biofuels requires feedstock.
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