ClimateFuels & Transportation
Policy Options & Immediate Actions to Reduce Transportation Emissions
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
1 Pace Plaza, Multipurpose Room, Downtown Manhattan, New York, NY



February 13, 2013 Workshop Agenda

10:00             Welcome

10:15            Thinking Big Picture: National LCFS Design

This panel will discuss the role of a national LCFS and how such a policy would reduce emissions, commit to stable and domestic energy sources, and lead the nation to a clean transportation economy.  Topics will include the basics of an LCFS design – how parties are regulated, emissions are counted, and trading programs work – and how fuel supply and demand will respond to an LCFS.

  • Sonia Yeh, Research Scientist, University of California – Davis
  • Madhu Khanna, Professor, University of Illinois
  • Jonathan Rubin, Professor, University of Maine


11:45                     Break

12:00pm     Learning from Doing: Lessons from California

The California LCFS is a groundbreaking policy that will inform the development of regional or national clean fuel standards.  Sonia Yeh will discuss the economics, design framework, and implementation of California’s LCFS.


12:45     Lunch

1:30        Pathways toward a Northeast & Mid-Atlantic CFS

This panel will look at regional CFS designs and their unique needs, including potential design elements of a Northeast & Mid-Atlantic CFS, how to harmonize programs and prevent leakage, and the economics of a CFS.

  • Carol Lee Rawn, Director of Transportation, Ceres
  • Matt Solomon, Transportation Program Manager, NESCAUM


2:30       Complementary Solutions: Progress beyond a CFS

State utility commissions can take steps now to better align rate structures to integrate electric vehicles more efficiently.  States can also bolster tax incentives to spur demand for clean vehicles.  Smart policy design and implementation, ranging from local through international levels, can move biofuels markets to cleaner, lower carbon transportation that protect the environment and the food system.  This panel will discuss how these complementary policies can drive a lower carbon transportation sector.

  • Jeremy Martin, Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Luke Tonachel, Senior Vehicles Analyst, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Abigail Walker Anthony, Rhode Island Director, ENE


4:00              Workshop Closing

Franz Litz, Executive Director, Pace Energy & Climate Center