Publication Details

Title : Sources of Propane Consumed in California
Publication Date : September 30, 2020
Authors : S. Backes, J. Beath, B. Sebastian, T. Hawkins
Abstract : The objective of this study is to specify the sources of propane consumed in California. It answers the
questions, where does the propane used in California come from and how was it produced? The results of
this study provide comprehensive, transparent, and verifiable estimates, based on the 2018 market. The
information provided in this report is suitable for use to assess the life cycle carbon intensity of propane
used as a transportation fuel in California. As the 2009 Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) aims to reduce
California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other smog-forming and toxic air pollutants, the
appropriate designation of carbon intensity for propane as a transportation fuel is important for evaluating
propane’s potential to contribute to GHG goals and understandings in the context of various actions. This
study focuses on estimating the shares of total propane consumed in the state of California produced from
petroleum refineries, natural gas plants, and bituminous sands sources inside California and elsewhere.

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