Studies on Vehicle Emissions and Fossil Fuel Demand and Supply

The 2019-2020 California State Budget authorizes $3 million for two studies focused on the state’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2045. These studies are being coordinated by the California Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Study 1 will identify strategies to significantly reduce emissions from vehicles and to achieve carbon neutrality in the transportation sector.
  • Study 2 will identify strategies to decrease the demand and supply of fossil fuels, while managing the decline of fossil fuel use in a way that is economically responsible and sustainable.

CalEPA has established an interagency team to develop a framework for these studies. This team includes the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, the Natural Resources Agency, the Transportation Agency, the Energy Commission and the Air Resources Board.

Public Engagement

CalEPA and its partner agencies are holding a series of three public workshops across the state to discuss the priorities of these studies and solicit public input. The first workshop was held in Sacramento on Sept. 24. Additional workshops are being planned for Kern and Los Angeles counties later this fall.

Comments and inquiries about the studies can be sent to climatechange@calepa.ca.gov.

Funding for Studies

The studies are funded with proceeds from California’s Cap and Trade Program and are part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.

The studies are authorized by the Budget Act of 2019, which includes the following descriptions:

Vehicle Emissions Study

Of the funds appropriated in this item, $1,500,000 shall be available for a study to identify strategies to significantly reduce emissions from vehicles and to achieve carbon neutrality in the sector, including the transition to zero-emission light-duty vehicles, in particular, passenger vehicles, the transition to zero-emission heavy vehicles, and the adoption of other technology to significantly reduce emissions from heavy vehicles; the role of alternative fuels; and the impact of land use policy. The study shall include, but not be limited to, strategies for reducing vehicle miles traveled, including increasing transit ridership. The Secretary for Environmental Protection shall consult with the State Air Resources Board, Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, the Transportation Agency, the Office of Planning and Research, and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development on the study.

Demand and Supply of Fossil Fuels Study

Of the funds appropriated in this item, $1,500,000 shall be available for a study to identify strategies to decrease demand and supply of fossil fuels, while managing the decline of fossil fuel use in a way that is economically responsible and sustainable. The Secretary for Environmental Protection shall contract with the University of California system to produce this study. An interagency state team led by the California Environmental Protection Agency shall further develop the scope of the study in order to evaluate pathways to achieve a carbon neutral economy by 2045, manage the decline of in-state production as the state’s fossil fuel demand decreases, and assess potential impacts to disadvantaged and low-income communities and strategies to address those impacts. The Secretary for Environmental Protection shall consult with the Natural Resources Agency, the Transportation Agency, the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, and the Office of Planning and Research on the study.