Background

Driving Canada’s low carbon economy

Biofuels producers were the first low-carbon pioneers. Clean-burning ethanol reduces emissions by 62% compared to gasoline, and biodiesel reduces emissions by 99% compared to petroleum diesel. Their use already removes the same as 1,000,000 cars from Canada’s roads every year – 4.2 megatonnes of GHG emissions.

More can be done

Achieving a post-carbon future will depend on developing a stronger mix of alternative fuel sources. Canada’s transportation sector accounts for nearly one third of our country’s total carbon dioxide emitted into the environment. If we are to win the fight against climate change, options that remove transportation emissions are needed sooner rather than later.

Biofuels are the cleanest and most sustainable source of liquid fuel available, and Canada’s biofuels policy remains the single most effective policy tool for reducing GHGs within the transportation sector. Investments in the renewable fuels industry have delivered a significant return on investment, generating gross economic benefits of close to $4 billion to the Canadian economy every year. Additionally, every year more than 1,000 jobs are being created – many of which in small, rural communities in need of good employment opportunities.

There are no technical barriers to expanding the use of biofuels. Doing so will encourage even greater investments in Canada and its bioeconomy.

Moving the bioeconomy forward

The Canadian bioeconomy offers a unique opportunity to address interconnected environmental challenges while achieving sustainable economic growth. Canadian renewable fuels producers continue to innovate and incorporate progressive technologies into their successful bio-refineries.

Multiple environmental problems are effectively being solved through our members’ wide variety of valued-added products. Converting agricultural waste, forestry residue and even solid municipal waste into cellulosic biofuels, producing break-through bioprocessing technologies into existing production platforms, and the continual innovation of Canadian renewable fuels producers is the economic driver of our energy future.

 

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