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Clean Fuels Program

The Clean Fuels Program is one of Oregon's most successful policies for addressing the state's contribution to global climate change. This program has made significant strides since it began in 2016, reducing more than 7 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions by helping displace over 1.5 billion gallons of fossil fuels. The program's success and progress thus far can be summarized in three distinct outcomes

  • Companies producing biofuels are making those fuels more cleanly and delivering them in greater volumes to Oregon. Renewable forms of diesel, natural gas, propane, and electricity have emerged as commercially viable and cost-effective replacements of their fossil versions.
  • The transition to biofuels and electricity are reducing tailpipe pollution including carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter and improving public health of Oregonians. This is especially important for Oregon's historically overburdened communities that are located near major transportation corridors, multimodal facilities, and distribution hubs.
  • The program has fostered a $100-million-a-year-plus market where investments are being made to increase the production of lower-carbon fuels, spark new innovations in technology, and invest in infrastructure to deliver these fuels across the state. There has been no significant rise in fuel prices due to the program and, in fact, it has reduced the cost of low-carbon fuels by creating the financial incentive to decarbonize the transportation sector as no other program can do

For more details, see the Clean Fuels Program Review to the 2022 Legislature.

The Environmental Quality Commission recently extended and expanded the program’s targets to make the state’s transportation fuel supplies 20% cleaner by 2030 and 37% cleaner by 2035.