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Sustainability and Public Health

Clean Fuels Standard

“Minnesota can lead the way in addressing climate change in a way that supports new jobs, reduces pollution, and helps ensure our children have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. That’s why our Administration will work with private, non-profit, and government partners and Minnesotans to address climate change while creating jobs across the state.” 

- Governor Tim Walz

In October 2021, the Administration directed state agencies to engage with stakeholders to determine if and how Minnesota should move forward on a Clean Fuels Standard, with the goal of cutting our transportation emissions in half, creating new jobs and attracting new investment to our state, and reducing air and water pollution for urban and rural communities. 

A clean fuels policy is a market-driven approach that is fuel neutral and drives innovation. The government does not pick winners. There are similar examples from other states to learn from, but we want this to reflect the values of Minnesota.

Engagement built on past work with stakeholders to inform how we can move forward together. Stakeholder meetings took place in late October through December 2021. Stakeholder engagement included a range of perspectives including environmental justice, agricultural/rural, environmental/conservation, petroleum marketers, labor and economic development, utilities and business. There will also be opportunities for the public to learn more about a Clean Fuels Standards and provide input as the process moves forward. If you are interested in learning more about engagement opportunities, please contact us.Carbon intensity opportunity zone. Fuels below the standard generate credits, fuels above the standard generate deficits.

This figure shows how the carbon intensity standard set by the policy declines over time. Throughout the policy, fuels with carbon intensities above the standard generate deficits while fuels with carbon intensities below the standard generate credits. As the standard declines, additional action to reduce a fuel’s carbon intensity is rewarded.

Figure authored by Elizabeth Abramson, GPI, 2020.

Engagement Opportunities

Minnesota Governor Tim WalzWe've got an opportunity to design a unique standard for Minnesota by Minnesotans that supports our rural and urban communities and reflects our shared priorities of clean air, water, and equity.

- Governor Tim Walz

Through stakeholder engagement meetings, the state explored if and how MN should move forward on a CFS, with the goal of cutting transportation emissions in half, creating new jobs and attracting new investment to the state, and reducing air and water pollution for urban and rural communities. The state engaged a broad cross-section of stakeholders statewide during this process to identify shared goals and opportunities to inform a potential new Clean Fuels Standard in Minnesota. The agencies will provide a report summarizing the results and recommendations in 2022.

Past meetings:

  • Thursday, January 20, 5:30pm CST (online)
  • Wednesday, December 15, 5:30-7:00pm CST (online)
  • Tuesday, December 14, 12-1:30pm CST (online)
  • Tuesday, December 7, 6:00-7:00 pm CST (in-person meeting, hosted by Senator Frentz)

Slides from Mn LCFS Stakeholder Presentations