At a legislative hearing on the CCPA, Energy Vision founder Joanna Underwood testified that New York has a massive organic waste stream emitting prolific amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas 86 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over 20 years (the critical period for acting to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius). But methane from organic wastes can also be processed into renewable biomethane, the lowest-carbon fuel available today. That could be crucial to meeting the State’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and CCPA objectives.
Energy Vision estimates that turning New York’s organic wastes into biomethane could reduce overall GHG emissions in the State by up to 15%. The California Air Resources Board has verified biomethane as net carbon-neutral or even net carbon-negative over its lifecycle (when used as a road fuel displacing diesel in truck and bus fleets).
In conclusion, states have policies enabling biomethane development. All which New York could consider adopting under the CCPA framework. Low Carbon Fuel Standards (LCFS) in California and Oregon spurred biomethane development. All by requiring blending petroleum-based fuels with renewable alternatives. New York State Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner introduced a similar measure for New York. However it is exploring ways to expand anaerobic digestion facilities. Thereby to process New York’s wastes into biomethane.