Canada is moving forward with the requirement for an average 2% renewable content in diesel fuel and heating oil.
When we announced our Renewable Fuels Strategy, we were clear that the 2 per cent requirement would be implemented subject to technical feasibility. After positive results, we are moving forward with this requirement which will result in further reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and ultimately in cleaner air for all Canadians.—Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment
Canada’s Renewable Fuels Regulations were published on 1 September 2010. The regulations already require an average of 5% renewable content in gasoline. The regulations also contained the provisions to require an average of 2% renewable content in diesel fuel and heating oil.
The proposed regulatory amendment will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in the coming weeks for a 60-day public comment period. The Government of Canada is proposing a coming into force date of 1 July 2011.
The Harper Government worked closely with industry partners to support several projects to demonstrate how renewable diesel fuel would perform under the range of Canadian conditions. The report concluded that an average of 2% renewable content is technically feasible.
In addition to the Renewable Fuels Regulations, the Government has also finalized regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles and is working to do the same for heavy-duty vehicles.