In The News
ITS-Davis experts frequently appear in news publications. The headlines and summaries below link to the original publications.
Despite an ongoing legal challenge brought by industry against LCFS regulations, things seem to be working as they should. Daniel Sperling, director of the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, calls the progress “modestly positive”.
The University of California-Davis Institute of Transportation Studies has published a new status review of the state's LCFS that reviews data, analyzes trends and identifies potential challenges associated with the program
The benefit of LNG exports may lie in their start to change global gas markets and establishing the US as an important and reliable supplier, said energy expert Amy Myers Jaffe in her testimony to a US House subcommittee.
The study was funded by grants from the UC Davis Sustainable Transportation Center.
"Most people know about California's cap and trade program," said ITS-Davis research scientist Sonia Yeh. "But in terms of the total impact of reducing California's greenhouse gas emissions, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard policy is just as important."
Industry will need to continue to lower the carbon intensity of their fuels in upcoming years, according to a status report published in by authors Sonia Yeh, Julie Witcover and Jeff Kessler at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the UC Davis
Former IEA executive director Nobuo Tanaka has joined Columbia University, while Amy Myers Jaffe has been lured away from Rice University’s Baker Institute to join the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis
Daniel Sperling writes: “Funding the repair and expansion of our decaying road and bridge infrastructure via the $18.4 cents a gallon federal gasoline tax is not sustainable.”
Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at UC Davis, said this throws cold water on the argument that California's environmental standards will automatically mean closed refineries and higher prices.
"California is perceived in China as a leader in cleaning up the environment without any ulterior motive," said Yunshi Wang, director of the China Center for Energy and Transportation at UC Davis. "If these requests or demands come from Washington or Brussels, there's some attitude in China that it's some kind of effort to slow them down economically."