Canada's 2% biodiesel blending mandate to take effect on 1 July

29 June 2011 20:17  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Canada’s federal 2% biodiesel blending mandate will come into effect on 1 July, the country’s environment ministry said on Wednesday.

However, the ministry said it granted a permanent exemption for diesel and heating fuels sold in the country’s eastern Newfoundland and Labrador province, because of “logistical challenges” of blending biodiesel there.

In addition, the ministry granted temporary exemptions, ending 31 December 2012, to Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island provinces to allow refiners time to install necessary equipment.

The biodiesel mandate is part of Canada’s plan to reduce the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions by 17% from 2005 levels by 2020, the ministry said.

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

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