Substantive Change: Changed the compliance percentage from 50% to 30%; refined and further defined underlying definitions for “renewable” “alternative” and “low-carbon”.
Reduce atmospheric emissions associated with recovery of solid waste and promote renewable and low-carbon intensity alternatives to non-renewable transportation fuels.
Local Government and Industry Requirements:
Demonstrate, on a percentage basis, the use of renewable or low-emission fuels in the on-site vehicles/mobile equipment utilized in material recovery facilities, including MRFs, compost facilities anaerobic digestion facilities, etc.
The percentage of renewable or alternative fuel use can be determined on the basis of either the fraction of the vehicles used on-site or the fraction of annual hours used.
Tier 1: (1 point)
Percentage of Alternative Fueled on-site mobile equipment:
5030 percent or more use of renewableRenewable fuels in onsite vehicles/mobile equipment ,or 30 percent or more total fuel consumption utilizes Renewable Fuels.
- 60 percent or more from Alternative/Low-Carbon Fuels of on site mobile equipment or 60 percent or more total fuel consumption utilizes Alternative/Low-Carbon Fuels.
Natural gas or
- Electric equipment
- Utilize landfill methane
gas vehicles Electric powered vehicles Solar power charging stations
- Utilize natural gas
- Utilize Digester methane
- Diesel Hybrids
- Liquid fuels derived from solid waste
 Low emissions fuels: Fuels produced from wet organic waste, wind, solar and hydro renewables count 2X. Fuels produced from dry organic waste feedstock count 1.5X.
Please see the Compliance Manual for full definitions.
- Renewable fuels are defined by the US EPA as “Biomass-based diesel [that] meet[s] a 50% lifecycle GHG reduction; Cellulosic biofuel [that is] produced from cellulose, hemicellulose, or lignin and…meet[s] a 60% lifecycle GHG reduction; Advanced biofuel [are] produced from qualifying renewable biomass (except corn starch) and…meet a 50% GHG reduction.” https://www.epa.gov/renewable-fuel-standard-program/overview-renewable-fuel-standard
- “Low carbon” fuels include landfill methane and corn-based ethanol.
- “Alternative fuels include gaseous fuels such as hydrogen, natural gas, and propane; alcohols such as ethanol, methanol, and butanol; vegetable and waste-derived oils; and electricity. These fuels may be used in a dedicated system that burns a single fuel, or in a mixed system with other fuels including traditional gasoline or diesel, such as in hybrid-electric or flexible fuel vehicles.” https://www.epa.gov/renewable-fuel-standard-program/alternative-fuels
- Liquid fuels derived from plastics that could otherwise be recovered for recycling do not count toward this credit.