Washington State’s Clean Fuel Standard (CFS)

Now live as of January 1, 2023!

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Washington State’s Clean Fuel Standard

On January 1, 2023, Washington state joined other forward-thinking states like California and Oregon as they launched the Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) program. Washington State’s CFS is administered by the Department of Ecology and aims to curb carbon pollution from the transportation sector by eliminating 4.3 million metric tons of carbon by 2038.

Washington’s new Clean Fuel Standard works similarly to the Oregon and California programs. The CFS will issue credits to fleets of vehicles and equipment that utilize clean fuels, such as electricity, in their operations. These credits are traded on an open market where regulated entities who are producers or importers of high carbon intensity (CI) fuels such as petroleum are mandated to purchase the credits. This gives companies of all sizes, as well as state and local agencies, a new revenue stream. Participating companies can use this revenue to reinvest in electrification, upgrade their operations, fund new sustainability projects and more just for charging their electric vehicles or equipment. Simply put, receive earnings with every charge.

Clean fuel programs in California and Oregon are already seeing the benefits. Since it began in 2016, Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program (CFP) has been successful in reducing almost 6 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions and displacing over 1 billion gallons of fossil fuels. As of 2021, under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which was implemented in 2011, California has displaced almost 9.3 billion gallons of petroleum diesel with clean, low-carbon alternatives such as renewable and bio-diesel, renewable natural gas, ethanol, and electricity.

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How The Program Works

Step 1

States such as Washington create clean fuel programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector

Step 2

Owners and operators of electric fleets generate credits by charging their equipment and increasing the penetration of electric equipment in their fleet.

Carbon Footprint

Step 3

Credits are sold to regulated entities that must offset deficits they accrue from the sale and production of high-carbon fuels to be in compliance with regulation

Step 4

Owners and operators of electric fleets continually earn revenue from these transactions to reinvest in their electrification efforts.

Eligible Equipment – Off-Road Fleets


Pallet Jacks

Order Pickers

Walkie Riders

Reach Stackers


Light Duty Vehicles

Heavy Duty Vehicles

Eligible Equipment – On-Road and Public Works Vehicles

Class 6-8 Trucks

Electric Buses

DC Fast Charging Stations

Electric Public Works Vehicles

Electric Utility Trucks

Light Duty Vehicles

Heavy Duty Vehicles

Light Rail Systems

eTRUs and Hybrid Refrigeration Units

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