In response to the California Air Resource Board’s ongoing review of indirect land use change (ILUC) emissions and their effect on the carbon intensity calculations for biofuels, CATF shared its analyses of recent studies that examine water availability, yields, and other key factors that influence ILUC.
In response to EPA’s proposed determination that fuels made from the oilseed crop brassica carinata can qualify as “advanced biofuels” under the Renewable Fuel Standard, CATF comments focus on several problematic assumptions in the Agency’s lifecycle GHG emissions analysis.
In a letter sent to eleven US senators, the Clean Air Task Force, Environmental Working Group, ActionAid USA, and Oxfam America detail the Renewable Fuel Standard’s negative impact on both the environment and global food security, and urge the senators to reform the policy.
Avoiding extreme or dangerous climate change will likely require the nearly complete decarbonization of the global energy system during this century, with 50-90% reductions in global CO2 emissions by 2050 (GEA, 2012; IPCC, 2014; Loftus et al., 2015).
The SAB Panel on Biogenic Carbon Emissions, which advised EPA in 2012 on how to account for GHG emitted by biomass-burning facilities, was reconvened in 2015. CATF’s comments to the Panel summarize the biomass-related regulatory actions that EPA has taken since 2012 and outline principles that can be used by…
In addition to urging the Air Resources Board to readopt California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard through 2020, CATF’s comments illustrate the analytic- and policy-related problems with ARB staff’s proposal to reduce the lifecycle GHG assessment for corn ethanol.
Waste Not, a new report from leading climate advocates shows how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can cut climate warming methane pollution in half, while dramatically reducing harmful, wasteful air pollution from the oil and gas industry at the same time, by issuing federal standards for methane pollution based on available, low-cost technologies and practices.