Low Carbon Fuel Standard Certified Verification Services

Sustainability software screenshot of GHG Emissions dashboard on Locus Platform

How does LCFS affect my organization?

The LCFS program directly affects any organizations selling, supplying, or producing transportation fuels for use in California. Organizations may also choose to opt-in to the program to gain marketable LCFS credits.

The covered fuels include the common petroleum-based fuels CARBOB and diesel, as well as alternative fuels ethanol, biodiesel, renewable diesel, alternative jet fuel, propane (fossil or renewable), compressed and liquefied natural gas, electricity (grid or low-carbon), and hydrogen (from specific production sources).

How can Locus help my organization with LCFS reporting?

Locus is currently available to assist organizations with the application and reporting process for the LCFS program. California Air Resources Board (CARB) has not yet certified any verification bodies under the LCFS program. However, Locus was approved by CARB to attend the first “fast-track” certification training in November 2019, and anticipates accreditation in December 2019.

Locus has been a certified third-party reviewer of GHG verifications for CARB since 2010 under the Mandatory Reporting Rule, and maintains an unmatched track record. Not even one of our over 500 GHG verifications have been overturned, a standard we will keep for LCFS reporting. We have years of domain expertise to assist you in this new area of regulation.

Locus has staff and expertise to review Tier 1 fuel pathway applications and annual reports under LCFS including:

  • Starch and Fiber Ethanol
  • Sugarcane-derived Ethanol
  • Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel
  • LNG and L-CNG from North American Natural Gas
  • Biomethane from North American Landfills
  • Biomethane from Anaerobic Digestion of Wastewater Sludge
  • Biomethane from Anaerobic Digestion of Organic Waste
  • Biomethane from Anaerobic Digestion of Dairy and Swine Manure
  • Other Tier 2 fuel pathways

Locus can also assist with other LCFS projects including:

  • Quarterly Fuel Transactions Reports
  • Quarterly and Annual Crude Oil Volume Reports (MCON)
  • Refinery Investment Credit
  • Low-Complexity or Low-Energy-Use (LC/LEU) Refinery Reports
  • Innovative Crude Project
  • Renewable Hydrogen Refinery Credit
  • Carbon Capture and Sequestration

Locus also offers software products designed to assist reporters in complying with the LCFS program. We understand the need for transparency in reporting. Like any market-based emissions program that includes a verification or auditing requirement, transparency is critical. Our software was designed from the ground up with a robust calculation engine that allows you and your verifiers to trace the entire process from inputs to emissions.

Automated data collection tools are fully integrated into Locus software, giving organizations the ability to connect with new or existing IoT devices. The LCFS program includes many requirements for continuous or near-continuous monitoring for many parameters, and instrumentation capable of electronic data archival. Locus software will ensure that your organization complies with the specific LCFS requirements.

Have questions?
Contact Locus if you have questions and would like to speak with us about the new LCFS program.

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