In Canada, building on the success of current biofuel mandates, Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) applauds Ontario’s leadership in increasing blending requirements for ethanol in gasoline to 10% by 2020. The expanded mandate is a made-in-Ontario solution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that improves air quality in a way that is both practical and effective.
Once fully implemented, the ethanol mandate will reduce Ontario’s transportation sector emissions by 1.7 megatons, bringing Canada one step closer towards meeting our Paris Accord objectives. The new regulation also stipulates that ethanol used in the province will need to reduce GHG emissions by at least 45% on average compared to gasoline, ensuring a strong market for high quality ethanol.
Ontario’s biofuels industry already has an economic impact of over $1.75 billion per year – a number that will grow to $2.5 billion per year in 2020, demonstrating that the market certainty provided by biofuel mandates benefits the Ontario economy. Expanded biofuel use will foster new economic investments by Ontario producers and encourage them to continue to grow their business, improve efficiency, and increase production.