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DriveClean Initiative Unveils Partners, Principles and Website to Guide National Legislation on Clean Fuel Standards


DriveClean, a broad, cross-industry initiative representing agriculture, utilities, renewable fuel producers, environmentalists, technology companies, electric vehicle charging companies, and truck and bus manufacturers, today called on lawmakers to draft and pass bipartisan legislation creating a market-based, technology-neutral National Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) during the 118th Congress which meets in January.

A national CFS would harness market forces to spur decarbonization of the transportation sector, which accounted for 27% of US greenhouse gas emissions in 2020. DriveClean is calling on Congress to pass a technology-neutral CFS. To help guide this effort, members of the initiative unveiled a website, DriveClean.us, and principles for lawmakers.

“When you see the support for a CFS coming from a variety of players like environmental groups, electric vehicle supply chain companies and renewable fuels advocates, it’s remarkable,” said Chris Miller, a former senior Senate policy adviser on energy and environmental issues who now provides strategic advice to the group.

A federal CFS would decarbonize the transportation sector by setting a timetable to gradually reduce the carbon intensity of the fuel sources used to transport people and goods. The fuels would compete on the basis of an annual average carbon score attributed to all fuel sources; the lower the carbon score, the more valuable a gallon (or gallon equivalent) of a fuel source becomes. Fuel sources with a carbon score below the baseline generate credits. Fuel suppliers can earn credits by blending renewable fuels; buy credits from other sources; and improving their efficiency through renewable energy.

DriveClean publicly releases its principles – which are the result of an inclusive stakeholder process – to put a CSA on the agenda for the next Congress. While transport provisions included in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will encourage investment in new fuels, clean vehicles and infrastructure, recent modelling* shows that the law will have little impact for meet the short-term emissions reduction target of 50-52%. by 2030.

“Congress must take additional action to reduce emissions in the transportation sector by 2030 if we have any chance of moving to a net zero economy by 2050,” Miller said. “A technology-neutral CFS would accelerate the transition to a cleaner transport sector by sending a strong signal to markets and providing the certainty investors need for long-term planning.”

In addition to cleaning the air pollution spread by fossil fuel vehicles, a CFS will boost domestic manufacturing in multiple sectors spanning the breadth of the country and enhance national securityy reducing the need for dirty fuel imports from hostile regimes.

Several states have successfully adopted their own version of this policy, all of which have contributed to lower fuel prices, encouraged new fuel sources and associated infrastructure, and cleaned up local air by reducing the smog and soot that result from dirty fossil fuels. engine exhaust emissions. This is especially true for disadvantaged communities that have historically borne the brunt of local air pollution disproportionately.

Proponents of the initiative include: Clean Energy Alliance New York; Institute for Advanced Engine Systems; Viola ingredients; American Coalition for Ethanol; Alder Fossil; Automotive Innovation Alliance; bp pulse; Calgren Renewable Fuels; Calstart; Charging point ; Christianson CPAs and Consultants; ClearFlame engine technologies; clean future; CleanFuelsNY Coalition; Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas; Electrifying America; e-Mission Control; Great Plains Institute; green energy technology; Electric lion; Low Carbon Fuels Coalition; Fulcrum Bioenergy; MECA; League of Green Voters of New York; Twin power; POET; Propel; Rivian; Renewable Fuels Association and World Energy.

What they say :

“A national fuels policy that rewards transportation electrification will complement existing vehicle emissions standards and demand-side policies to accelerate electric vehicle market growth and greenhouse gas reductions.” – Chris Nevers, Senior Director of Public Policy, Rivian

“Few tools have proven more effective than clean fuel standards in driving rapid decarbonization, as has been the case in states like California. They are performance-based, technology-independent and fuel-neutral, the perfect combination to enable the private sector to invest, innovate and reduce carbon emissions. – Dr. BJ Johnson, co-founder and CEO of ClearFlame Engine Technologies

“The biofuels industry applauds the efforts of the DriveClean initiative, which builds on the many successes of the Federal Renewable Fuels Standard while leveling the playing field for additional local fuels and technologies. Biofuels will continue to thrive under a technology-neutral clean fuel standard, delivering real emissions reductions, cleaner air and water, job creation, and enhancing national security. Our members are ready to help get the Clean Fuel Standard legislation across the finish line and put the United States on an achievable path to meeting short- and long-term decarbonization goals. – Geoff Cooper, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association

“We must act now to reduce pollution, emissions and our reliance on fossil fuels for transportation by encouraging electrification and decarbonization of fuels. That is why I am encouraged by the release of the DriveClean Principles. A national standard on clean fuels would complement existing efforts by states to clean up their transportation sectors and is a proven strategy that improves both air quality and local economies while reducing greenhouse gas pollution and reducing the dominance of the fossil fuel industry in transportation fuel markets. This is a late and much-needed first step in starting the conversation about a national clean fuel standard.” – Julie Tighe, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters

“Decarbonizing our energy system is urgent but difficult. A clean fuel standard provides a promising mechanism for moving away from fossil fuels in a sustainable and economically efficient way. – Daniel Sperling, NAE, Founding Director, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis. Blue Planet Award Emeritus Professor of Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy _________________________________________________________________

*Recent analysis by Rhodium Group concluded that in a best-case scenario, the Cut Inflation Act would reduce emissions by 42% by 2030. This is well below the emissions reduction target Biden administration’s GHG reductions of 50-52% by 2030. In addition, the IRA is expected to barely reduce transportation emissions in the United States by 2030, with most emissions reductions coming from the sector electricity.


DriveClean represents a wide range of stakeholders deeply invested in reducing emissions from transportation fuels. We represent automakers, farmers, utilities, environmentalists, science organizations, renewable fuels producers, technology companies, electric vehicle charging companies, truck and bus manufacturers, emission control systems, non-profit clean energy organizations, etc.

This initiative is facilitated by AJW and a network of entities and initiatives committed to scaling the technologies needed to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.