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Canada Environment and Climate Change Minister outlines Clean Fuel Standard

New energy corporation's 102 mmgy ethanol plant in South Bend, Indiana. Source: Wikimedia Commons, cassini83
New energy corporation's 102 mmgy ethanol plant in South Bend, Indiana. Source: Wikimedia Commons, cassini83

In a press release, Catherine McKenna MP gave the framework for the legislation and talked about greater demand for biofuels. The move is a first step in increasing green fuel consumption.

The framework will allow legislators and experts to work out the final form of the regulations, which will increase the use of cleaner fuels across the economy. This is Canada’s largest emissions-reducing effort to-date, aiming to reduce GHG emissions by 30 million tonnes a year by 2030.

The government said that it was consulting with industry, other governments, NGOs and other affected parties to determine the details.

Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, said: “Renewable fuels offer a very big opportunity for Canada’s farmers and agricultural producers. The national Clean Fuel Standard will create new demand for ethanol, biodiesel, renewable natural gas, and other advanced biofuels. This is a good news story for climate change and for clean innovation in the agricultural sector.”

McKenna said that the law will monitor the carbon footprint of fuels across their life cycle, from production to transport to consumption. She also highlighted the flexibility of compliance options for those subject to the standard.

New energy corporation's 102 mmgy ethanol plant in South Bend, Indiana. Source: Wikimedia Commons, cassini83