Canada’s renewable fuels standard to be introduced by Q4 2010

On 1 September 2010 the Canadian government released its final regulations requiring ethanol and biodiesel blended transportation fuels in Canada.

With a vision to slash its GHG emissions by 17% in 10 years’ time, Canada’s new regulations, due to come into effect on 15 December 2010, will require 5% of renewable fuel to be blended with the conventional vehicle fuel.

This, in addition to a 2% mandate in diesel and heating oil, expected to be introduced by 2012, and the existing regional directives, is predicted to reduce GHG emissions by the equivalent of taking 1 million vehicles off the road.

Commenting on the 5% Renewable Fuels Standard, the president of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association Gordon Quaiattini said: ‘This is a milestone day for renewable fuels in Canada. These regulations will help deliver new jobs, new rural growth and considerable greenhouse gas reductions.’

The Bioenergy International expo & conference is being held on 28 and 29 September 2010 at the Coast Plaza Hotel, Calgary.

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