Achieving California’s Greenhouse Gas Goals: A Focus on Transportation

August 25, 2015
The Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy of the University of California, Davis


This new Next 10 report analyzes transportation policies in the Scoping Plan, including the "Pavley" regulations or vehicle emissions standards (key findings pg. 13), the Zero Emission Vehicle regulation (key findings pg. 29), SB 375 (key findings pg. 50), the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (key findings pg. 71), and the "fuels in the cap" component of the AB 32 cap-and-trade program (key findings pg. 88). 

One key conclusion in the analysis is that the current policies are technologically feasible but limited incentives, unfunded mandates, and other factors may create barriers to implementation. The report makes specific recommendations to address these barriers in order to achieve greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals beyond 2020 (pg. 107) including:

    1. Increasing certainty around emission reductions, fuel costs and overall travel costs by assessing policy price signals and their impact on consumer behavior.
    2. Supplying resources to support the implementation of the state’s smart growth law, SB 375, and creating enforcement mechanisms.
    3. Designing policies with long-term reduction goals in mind.
    4. Seeking regulatory harmonization with other states that have adopted low carbon fuel standards and other carbon mitigation programs.