Renewable Fuels Bill Clears the Way for Renewable Fuel Content



    OTTAWA, Dec. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Renewable Fuels Bill was introduced in
Parliament today by the Honourable John Baird Minister of the Environment, on
behalf of the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and
Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board. The Bill would allow the Government of
Canada to regulate renewable content in fuels.
    "Our Government believes that green technologies and Canadian innovation
is a key part of the fight against climate change," said Minister Baird. "As
Canada joins the world over the next two weeks at the United Nations
Conference on Climate Change, I look forward to holding up this piece of
legislation as proof of the real action we are taking here at home to promote
biofuels and Canada as a clean energy superpower."
    "Our Government understands the desire of Canadians' to do their part to
deal with climate change, and we know increasing the renewable content in our
fuel is going to put a real dent in greenhouse gas emissions," said Minister
Ritz. "Renewable fuels also have the potential to create new markets and
economic incentives for Canadian farmers- that is why we have made biofuels
development such a high priority."
    An amended Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 would allow the
Government to implement regulations which will require five per cent average
renewable content in gasoline by 2010. Subsequent regulations will also
require two per cent average renewable content in diesel and heating oil by
2012 upon successful demonstration of renewable diesel fuel use under the
range of Canadian environmental conditions.
    These regulations will reduce greenhouse emissions by about 4 megatonnes
per year, the equivalent of taking approximately one million vehicles off the
road. These changes were originally proposed in the Clean Air Act, and the
introduction of this Bill fulfills another commitment made in the Speech from
the Throne.
    As part of its comprehensive approach to addressing the environmental
challenges facing Canada and the world, the Government of Canada has invested
$3.6 billion in ecoENERGY Initiatives to help Canadians use energy more
efficiently, boost renewable energy supplies and develop cleaner energy
technologies.

    (Egalement offert en français)




For further information:

For further information: Gary Keller, Director of Communications, Office
of the Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Environment Canada Media
Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008, www.gc.ca


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