Last reviewed on 10-02-2020

Documentation of California's Greenhouse Gas Inventory (13th Edition - Last updated on 10-15-2020)

♦ Category: Energy

IPCC: 1A3bi - Fuel Combustion Activities - Transport - Road Transportation - Cars
Sector: Transportation : On Road : Light-duty Vehicles : Passenger Cars

♦ Activity: Fuel combustion - Distillate

♦ Greenhouse gas: Carbon dioxide ( CO2 )

► Year 2001 —

● Greenhouse gas emission estimate —

Amount: 301,185 tonnes of CO2 Emitted (301,185 tonnes CO2 Eq.)
Basis: Calculation
Calculation: [Fuel combustion] * [Heat content] * [Fuel CO2 emission]
Reference: IPCC (2006). 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, Prepared by the National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Programme, Eggleston H.S., Buendia L., Miwa K., Ngara T., and Tanabe K. (eds). Volume 2, Chapter 2: Stationary Combustion. Published: IGES, Japan. http://www.ipcc-nggip.iges.or.jp/public/2006gl/pdf/2_Volume2/V2_2_Ch2_Stationary_Combustion.pdf#http://www.ipcc-nggip.iges.or.jp/public/2006gl/pdf/2_Volume2/V2_2_Ch2_Stationary_Combustion.pdf

● Activity level used in calculations —

Activity: Fuel combustion = 29,509,236 gal of Distillate
Basis: Calculation
Calculation: [EMFAC category fuel combustion] * ([Fuel sales] / [EMFAC total fuel combustion]) * [Fraction of fuel mix]
Reference: ARB (2016). Technical support document on GHG inventory methodologies for the 2000-2014 inventory. See Discussion of emissions from on-road transportation available at: https://ww3.arb.ca.gov/cc/inventory/pubs/reports/2000_2014/ghg_inventory_00-14_technical_support_document.pdf#https://ww3.arb.ca.gov/cc/inventory/pubs/reports/2000_2014/ghg_inventory_00-14_technical_support_document.pdf
Reference: Not Applicable.

● Parameters and Constants used in calculations —

Parameter: EMFAC category fuel combustion = 29,560,263 gal
Reference: ARB (2017b). The California Air Resources Board's Emission FACtors (EMFAC) model was used to calculate emission rates from all motor vehicles, such as passenger cars and heavy-duty trucks, operating on highways, freeways, and local roads in California. Model and documentation available online at: #/msei/msei.htm
Parameter: EMFAC total fuel combustion = 2,629,404,660 gal
Reference: ARB (2017b). The California Air Resources Board's Emission FACtors (EMFAC) model was used to calculate emission rates from all motor vehicles, such as passenger cars and heavy-duty trucks, operating on highways, freeways, and local roads in California. Model and documentation available online at: #/msei/msei.htm
Parameter: Fraction of fuel mix = 0.999
Reference: ARB (2016). Technical support document on GHG inventory methodologies for the 2000-2014 inventory. See Discussion of emissions from on-road transportation available at: https://ww3.arb.ca.gov/cc/inventory/pubs/reports/2000_2014/ghg_inventory_00-14_technical_support_document.pdf#https://ww3.arb.ca.gov/cc/inventory/pubs/reports/2000_2014/ghg_inventory_00-14_technical_support_document.pdf
Parameter: Fuel CO2 emission = 0.074 g / btu
Reference: USEPA (2012). Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Regulation #http://www.epa.gov/ghgreporting/
Parameter: Fuel sales = 2,627,365,783 gal
Reference: Covert T. (2013). Data request between CARB and Theresa Covert, California State Board of Equalization, April 2013.
Parameter: Heat content = 138,000 btu / gal
Reference: USEPA (2012). Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Regulation #http://www.epa.gov/ghgreporting/

● Greenhouse gas emitted per unit activity (derived from values listed above) —

Amount: 10,206 g (i.e. 10.21 kg) of CO2 per gal of Distillate