AJW facilitates the DriveClean US Initiative to support a national clean fuel standard. DriveClean represents a wide array of stakeholders deeply invested in reducing emissions from transportation fuels using a technology-neutral approach.
We applaud the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for their hearing on February 15, 2023, which opened the federal dialogue on “The Future of Low Carbon Transportation Fuels and Considerations for a National Clean Fuels Program.”
“Today’s hearing in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee further demonstrated the bipartisan appeal of a national Clean Fuel Standard. Witnesses from the renewable fuel, hydrogen and trucking industries all agreed that a technology-neutral policy could enhance energy independence goals, create jobs and decarbonize the transportation sector.
DriveClean US, which is made up of the broad spectrum of stakeholders highlighted in the hearing today, looks forward to working with Congress to help advance a Clean Fuel Standard at the federal level.”
DriveClean spokesperson Mary Solecki
A National Clean Fuel Standard Remarks — In Their Own Words
Senate EPW Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE)
“I think we’re onto something here…My hope is that today’s hearing is the first of many conversations on how we can bring together industry, environmental groups, agriculture and other stakeholders to further decarbonize our nation’s transportation fuels, while also supporting job creation across our nation.”
Renewable Fuels Association President & CEO Geoff Cooper
“We need to embrace the use of low-carbon liquid fuels. I mean, if we’re serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible, we can’t wait around for full electrification of the fleet. That’s going to take decades…And we should be taking steps now to further decarbonize those liquid fuels that we know will be needed in the decades ahead in these vehicles. So we think a clean fuel standard is a great way to do that and really jumpstart that decarbonization of our liquid fuels.”
American Air Liquide Holdings Inc. Chairman & CEO Michael Graff
“A flexible program that allows you to utilize any technology, as long as it meets the requirements, will create the lowest cost solution to the consumer. At the end of the day the consumer wants fuel to be available, it wants it to be as low cost as possible, and clearly, they want it to be cleaner.”
American Trucking Association President & CEO Chris Spear
“We need to collaborate – public and private [sectors] – in setting standards that are achievable. So the timelines and the targets do matter. What I hear that’s common amongst these panelists is tech-neutrality and market-driven. And to do that, you have to be inclusive, you have to be transparent. Our industry serves 72 and a half percent of the domestic freight in this country. So there’s really nothing that we eat, drink or wear that did not at some point touch a truck, and 3.8 million drivers are out there making it happen. So it’s a very proud industry. It’s a hard working industry. It’s one that we need to keep around as an economy. And so going at the right pace and hitting the right targets, we will get there. I’m convinced of that and working with our partners at this table, we’re committed to doing that, and we’ll help this committee achieve those goals.”
For questions about how a CFS works, or to join the DriveClean Initiative stakeholder group, contact AJW partners Jessica Johnson Bennett, Mary Solecki, or Policy Strategy Associate, Caitlin Clark.
DriveClean Members’ Letter of Support
DriveClean’s Latest Fact Sheet
Visit the DriveClean site Resources page for reports, data, and support for a national CFS.