July 19 -- NLCFS Project co-director Daniel Sperling of UC Davis, with co-authors, in Congressional briefing

The UPS fleet runs on CNG, LNG, propane, hydrogen fuel cells, and electric and hybrid-electric engines

A new generation will engineer low-carbon-fuel solutions

The most promising second-generation biofuel crops are not foods (this is Miscanthus grass).

Gasoline and diesel will continue to fuel much of the American vehicle fleet.

Innovators like SkySails are bringing back wind propulsion for cargo ships

New fuel alternatives lie in biochemistry and molecular biology

Wind turbines make clean fuel for electric vehicles.

Photovoltaic panels turn solar energy into electricity.

This Ocean Power Technologies buoy will float vertically in the sea, making electricity from wave energy

U.S. standards call for tractor-trailer fuel economy to improve by about 20 percent by 2018

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Welcome to the National LCFS Project Website

A Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is a fuel policy designed to reduce the amount of carbon in transportation fuels. To date, such policies have been implemented in California, the European Union and British Columbia. Several other U.S. states have begun considering similar policies.

In 2010, the National LCFS Project was launched to study the policy impacts and implementation of a national Low Carbon Fuel Standard for the United States. The project is funded by the Energy Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The participating researchers are from:

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Maine
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • International Food Policy Research Institute

This website describes the work of the National LCFS Project researchers and is a repository for their reports. It is intended to serve as a resource for all who are interested in learning more about the potential development of a national Low Carbon Fuel Standard in the United States.

Also, some sections of the final reports have been published as scholarly papers in peer-reviewed academic journals, and others are expected to be published soon.