Canada’s Renewable Fuels Industry and Policy Environment
In 2007, the federal government announced its renewable fuels strategy which introduced mandated requirements for the use of ethanol and biodiesel – guaranteeing a market for renewable fuels, which burn cleaner than petroleum based alternatives.
Federally, our national mandates for renewable content in gasoline and the distillate pool are 5 percent and 2 percent respectively. Some provinces have reached even further, increasing the percentage of fuel that must be renewable content.
Because of these mandates, Canada’s renewable fuels industry is domestically producing almost 1.8 billion litres of ethanol and more than 400 million litres of biodiesel annually.
Biofuel Requirements Across Canada
The Government of Canada – and many provincial governments – should be applauded for putting renewable content regulations into place.
Canada needs to keep its momentum in the global renewable fuels sector. More than any other policy tool, mandated requirements for renewable fuel content build domestic capacity for biofuel production and stimulate economic growth.
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- Environment Canada
- Environment Canada - Renewable Fuel Regulations
- Natural Resources Canada
- Natural Resources Canada - ecoENERGY for Biofuels
- Natural Resources Canada - NRDDI final report
- National Research Council
- Sustainable Development Technology Canada
- Sustainable Development Technology Canada - Next Gen Biofuels Fund™
- Sustainable Development Technology Canada - SD Tech Fund™
- Sustainable Development Technology Canada - SD Natural Gas Fund™