Colin Murphy

University of California, Davis

Deputy Director, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy

Colin Murphy is the Deputy Director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy. He co-leads the Low Carbon Fuel Policy Research Initiative at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies. He has a decade of experience working at the intersection of science, technology, and public policy, primarily focused on climate policy, sustainable transportation, and clean fuels. He led the Fuels section research for the recently released report Driving California’s Transportation Emissions to Zero, which examines how California's transportation sector can achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. He previously worked on transportation and climate policy research and advocacy for the Nextgen Policy Center. He holds a Ph.D. in Transportation Technology and Policy from UC Davis, and a M.S. in Science, Technology, and Public Policy from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Sessions With Colin Murphy

Tuesday, 8 March

  • 11:40am - 12:30pm (CST) / 08/mar/2022 05:40 pm - 08/mar/2022 06:30 pm

    How Are Low-carbon Fuel Standards Delivering?

    Panel Downstream/Midstream/Chemicals
    California implemented its Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) in 2010 with the goal of reducing gasoline and diesel fuel GHG intensity 20% below 2010 levels by 2030. Since then, the Canadian province of British Columbia (2013), the state of Oregon (2016), and most recently Brazil (2020) have implemented similar programs. The Canadian federal government plans to implement a clean fuel standard in 2023 while several US states plan to enact legislation. In its “Fit for 55” package, the European Union also appears to be moving toward an LCFS of sorts, by changing targets to a GHG-reduction basis. These programs place a market-based price on lifecycle GHG emissions. The programs are designed to deliver real and measurable reductions through a variety of compliance options, but are they delivering results? Are GHG emissions declining because of these programs or are emissions simply being shifted from one sector to another? Do these regulations adequately address carbon leakage or indirect emissions? Are price signals driving the right behavior? What are the risks of unintended consequences?