The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has published draft amendments to Ontario’s Ethanol in Gasoline regulation which would double the mandated volume of ethanol in regular gasoline.
If implemented, the changes would increase the mandated volume of ethanol in regular gasoline from 5% to 10% by 2020. On top of that, new standards have been set for the ethanol used, the draft regulations stating it must produce 35% lower greenhouse gas emissions on a lifecycle basis than petroleum gasoline. Lifecycle modelling would be calculated using GHGenius version 4.03.
The news has been warmly welcomed by Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada). Jim Grey, Chair of RICanada and CEO of IGPC Ethanol, said: “In moving to a 10% ethanol requirement, Ontario is showing leadership in the fight against climate change. This policy will generate a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, while creating jobs and economic growth. This is what clean growthis all about.”
Founded in 1984, RICanada is a non-profit organisation that aims to promote the use of value-added products made from renewable resources through consumer awareness and government liaison programmes.
“Ethanol is the cleanest, cheapest way to reduce carbon in gasoline available today” said Howard Field, president and CEO of Greenfield Global. “Coupled with its cap and trade program, the proposed increase of Ontario’s ethanol mandate to 10% starting in 2020 will help the province achieve its GHG emission targets while ensuring continued local investment, innovation, and job creation.”
An October 2017 study by Doyletech Corporation found that the economic impact of increasing the provincial ethanol mandate to 10% ethanol will contribute an additional $638 million per year to Ontario’s economy, notes a statement from RICanada.