US Senate bill would direct EPA to create LCFS program for aviation fuel

Source: By OPIS • Posted: Monday, May 17, 2021

EPA would create a Low Carbon Aviation Fuel Standard program requiring U.S. jet fuel producers and importers to meet carbon intensity benchmarks that would decline each year under legislation introduced Thursday by two Senate Democrats. The bill (S. 1608), which was introduced by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Dianne Feinstein of California, also would set a 35% greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target by 2035 for the U.S. aviation sector and net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. “Air travel connects the world in all kinds of important ways, but it comes with a high price for our climate,” Whitehouse said in a statement. “The best solution is to transition away from fossil jet fuels and encourage the production of sustainable fuel alternatives that are just as safe for passengers and much safer for the planet.”