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A new generation will engineer low-carbon fuel solutions.

Disclaimer: This website was active from 2010 to 2012. This is an archived version of the National LCFS Project Website and content may be out of date.

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.