The government of Canada has finalized regulations that will require an average renewable fuel content of five percent in gasoline – two percent in diesel fuel and heating oil – starting December 15th, 2010. The regulations are but one minor step in Canada's far-reaching Renewable Fuels Strategy. Once fully implemented, Canada's renewable fuel content requirements will, as the government states, "reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to four megatonnes in 2012 – about the equivalent of taking one million vehicles off the road."

The new regulations will help Canada attain its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. Jim Prentice, Canada's Minister of the Environment, outlined the importance of the renewable fuel content regulations, stating:
Regulating renewable fuel content in gasoline is just one of several steps the Government is taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, which account for about a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions.
But, as Gerry Ritz, Canada's Minister of Agriculture, points out (and we tend to agree with):
Support for renewable fuels is support for farmers, rural communities and our economy. This is a vital step in generating new market opportunities for our farmers and maximizing Canada's high quality resources to produce food and fuel for the world.
Creating jobs, funding farmers and saving the environment all courtesy of a single regulation. Now, that's what we call productive legislation. Hit the jump for more on Canada's renewable fuel regulations or you click here to read the entire policy in excruciating detail.

[Source: Environment Canada]


PRESS RELEASE

Government of Canada Releases Final Regulations for Renewable Fuel Content in Gasoline


OTTAWA, Ont. -- September 1, 2010 -- The Government of Canada today announced that regulations requiring an average renewable fuel content of five per cent in gasoline have been finalized and will come into effect starting December 15, 2010.

"Today we are fulfilling the Government's commitment to require five percent renewable fuel content in gasoline," said the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment. "Regulating renewable fuel content in gasoline is just one of several steps the Government is taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, which account for about a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions."

"Support for renewable fuels is support for farmers, rural communities and our economy," said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "This is a vital step in generating new market opportunities for our farmers and maximizing Canada's high quality resources to produce food and fuel for the world."

"These regulations will help Canada reach our goal of becoming a clean energy leader," said Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources. "Our Government supports biofuels and other alternative fuels as part of our commitment to reducing Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent, from 2005 levels, by 2020."

These regulations are one pillar of the Government's broader Renewable Fuels Strategy. Canada will implement a requirement for two per cent renewable content in diesel fuel and heating oil, subject to successful demonstration of technical feasibility under the range of Canadian conditions, which would be put in place by an amendment to the Renewable Fuels Regulations.

When fully implemented, the Strategy's two regulatory requirements combined with provincial regulations will ensure a total volume of renewable fuel that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to four megatonnes in 2012--about the equivalent of taking one million vehicles off the road.

These regulations are a key initiative in support of the Government of Canada's commitment to reduce Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. In addition, the Government of Canada is working with the U.S. towards common North American standards for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, and has recently published, draft regulations for vehicle tailpipe emissions under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act that are aligned with those of the U.S. Building on that successful collaboration, we will continue to work together to do the same for heavy-duty vehicles.