The Government of Canada mandated the use of 2% biodiesel in most Canadian diesel and heating fuel by July 1, 2011. The benefits to Canadians, the environment and the rural economy are substantial, potentially creating new jobs in rural areas and new demand for canola. The 2% mandate requires that approximately 600 million litres of biodiesel be blended with diesel fuel, which translates to 1 million tonnes of canola demand for Canadian farmers.
Ontario Provincial Biodiesel Mandate
Like many other provinces in Canada the Ontario government has proposed requiring the use of 2% biodiesel in all diesel fuel. See CCGA's comments on the proposed legislation and the public consultation undertaken by Ontario's Environmental Registry.
Letter to the Editor
Biodiesel is a renewable fuel that canola farmers and governments have continued to support for its many benefits to the environment and the rural community. Read CCGA's Letter to the Editor responding to an article that painted a misleading picture of waning support for biofuels by farmers.
Proposed Biodiesel Amendments Submission
CCGA opposes proposed amendments to the Renewable Fuels Regulations that would a) exempt biodiesel from a mandatory 2% inclusion rate in heating oil, and b) extend an exemption from the 2% inclusion rate to the Maritimes. Read CCGA response.