Canada's 2% biodiesel blending rule to become effective 1 July

11 February 2011 16:09  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Canada's government plans to put regulations in place requiring an average 2% renewable content in diesel fuel and heating oil from 1 July, it said on Friday.

Canada first announced plans for a federal 2% biodiesel rule in 2008 but said at the time a mandate was subject to technical feasibility.

Environment minister Peter Kent said: "After positive results, we are moving forward with this requirement which will result in further reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and ultimately in cleaner air for all Canadians.''

Trade group Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) said the biodiesel mandate was a milestone for the industry that “sets the stage for Canada to become a world leader in advanced biofuels.”

According to information on CRFA’s website, Canada has 22 biodiesel projects – operational, under construction, or planned - with total capacities of about 1bn litres/year.

In December last year, Canada brought into effect a federal 5% bioethanol blending mandate.

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