Public policy

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.


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