Canada ethanol mandate to begin in September, biodiesel in 2011

16 June 2010 17:02  [Source: ICIS news]

ST. LOUIS, Missouri (ICIS news)--Canada will begin blending ethanol in gasoline at a mandated 5% while a 2% requirement for biodiesel is scheduled to go into effect in 2011, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) said on Wednesday.

The 5% ethanol mandate would create a market for some 2bn litres/year of ethanol, CRFA director of member relations Deborah Elson said on the sidelines of the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) in St. Louis.

Ethanol's acceptance in Canada is on the rise, Elson said, citing CRFA polls that show Canadians are becoming increasingly aware of changes in the environment.

Canada has some 1.5bn litres/year of ethanol capacity, which will require it to import ethanol, mostly likely from the US, once the mandate goes into effect, the official said.

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