HAMILTON, ON, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - The Harper Government today announced that
it is moving forward with the requirement for an average 2 per
cent renewable content in diesel fuel and heating oil.
"When we announced our Renewable Fuels Strategy, we were clear that the
2 per cent requirement would be implemented subject to technical
feasibility," said the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the
Environment. "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.''
"We are meeting the commitments we have made to farmers, rural
communities and industry to regulate the use of renewable fuels," said
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "The new renewable fuel content in
biodiesel and heating oil will give our farmers another market for
their crops and demonstrates how agriculture can contribute to reducing
Canada's environmental footprint."
Our Government's Renewable Fuels Regulations were published on September
1, 2010. The regulations already require an average of 5 per cent
renewable content in gasoline. The regulations also contained the
provisions to require an average of 2 per cent renewable content in
diesel fuel and heating oil.
When fully implemented, the Strategy's two regulatory requirements
combined with provincial regulations will ensure a total volume of
renewable fuel that will reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by up
to four megatonnes—about the equivalent of taking one million vehicles off the road.
The proposed regulatory amendment will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in the coming weeks for a 60-day public comment period. The
Government of Canada is proposing a coming into force date of July 1,
The Harper Government worked closely with industry partners to support
several projects to demonstrate how renewable diesel fuel would perform
under the range of Canadian conditions. The report concluded that an
average of 2 per cent renewable content is technically feasible.
Reducing emissions in the transportation sector is a key component in
the Government's plan to achieve Canada's target of reducing total
greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020. In
addition to the Renewable Fuels Regulations, the Government has also
finalized regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from passenger
vehicles and is working to do the same for heavy-duty vehicles.
Link to NRDDI: http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/transportation/alternative-fuels/programs/nrddi/report-2010/toc.cfm?attr=16
(Également offert en français)
SOURCE Government of Canada
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