Canada Mandates 2% Biofuel Mandate for Diesel, Heating Oil from July 1
The Canadian federal government is surging ahead with plans to make 2% biofuel content mandatory in all diesel and heating oil sold in the country from July 1, with some exemptions, Environment Canada announced Wednesday.
With curbing green house gas emissions being the prime driver in issuing the mandate, the announcement said the mandate would bring Canada even closer to its goal of reducing GHG emissions by 17% by 2020, compared to 2005 levels.
"We moved forward with regulations that require all gasoline to have a 5% average renewable fuel content, which came into effect on December 15, 2010," federal Environment Minister, Peter Kent, was quoted as saying in an emailed statement. "Now, we have followed through on our commitment for diesel fuel and heating oil and our two biofuels requirements, combined with those of the provinces, will reduce annual GHG emissions by up to 4 megatons or the equivalent of 1 million cars being taken off the roads."
(Platts Jun. 2011)