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Alternative Fuels, Advanced Transportation, and Automotive Technology

ICF provides strategic policy and technology analysis, program development and implementation, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and strategic communications services.

Today's growing alternative fuels and advanced transportation industry—combined with evolving production, distribution, and consumption dynamics—requires creative and technical expertise. From integration challenges to policy analysis, ICF's clients face great risk and endless opportunity.

As experts in alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, fuel economy, and related automotive technology issues, ICF's unique blend of strategic services is designed to help our clients overcome industry challenges and identify opportunities for business success.

Low Carbon Fuel Standards

In recent years, policy makers have turned to low carbon fuel standards to complement other transportation emission reduction programs. Low carbon fuel standards reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation fuels, including GHG tailpipe emissions and upstream emissions from extracting, refining, processing, and transporting fuels. California introduced the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), the European Union (EU) implemented the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), and British Columbia initiated the Renewable & Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation (LCFR).

ICF provides a full suite of services to policy makers and regulated parties that help answer questions such as:

  • How do low carbon fuel standards contribute to GHG emission reduction targets and other GHG reduction programs?
  • What are the impacts on the larger economy and fuel prices?
  • How do low carbon fuel standards fit in the context of other market drivers?
  • What are the impacts on infrastructure and supply of conventional fuels and low carbon fuels?
  • What are the lifecycle GHG emissions of conventional and alternative transportation fuels?

ICF has developed models and processes that help regulated parties to:

  • Optimize compliance pathways
  • Streamline reporting and maintenance of auditable records
  • Verify emission reductions or credits for regulated parties
  • Characterize lifecycle emissions of transportation fuels
  • Forecast credit pricing and clarify market movements

ICF's deep experience in the critical areas of low carbon fuel standards has also positioned our team to help support regulatory agencies in the design and implementation of the program.