The Western Canada Biodiesel Association applauds the British Columbia government for implementing the Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation on July 1, 2013.

The BC Low Carbon Fuel Standard provides a clear market signal to reduce the carbon intensity of BC’s transportation sector 10 percent by 2020; the sector currently generates 36% of provincial greenhouse gas emissions. This policy will help the British Columbia achieve its overall goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by at least 33- per-cent below 2007 levels by the year 2020.

Ian Thomson, President of the Western Canada Biodiesel Association: “British Columbia is the first Province to implement a Low Carbon Fuel Standard to curb carbon emission growth in the transportation sector. The Standard is a flexible policy that is driving innovation across the entire transportation sector. The regulations compliment vehicle efficiency and renewable fuel standards to provide an economical means of driving carbon out of the BC economy in a fair, balanced and efficient manner. BC joins California as North American leaders in low carbon fuels standards.”

Biofuels have been successfully used in the British Columbia for over a decade, well before the Renewable Fuel Standard was implemented in 2010. In British Columbia, over 4% of diesel and 5% of gasoline includes low carbon, renewable fuels like biodiesel. Biodiesel is made from Canadian grown canola, animal fats, and used cooking oils. Ethanol feedstocks include Canadian grown wheat.

The Western Canada Biodiesel Association (WCBA) is a non-profit organization established to promote the production and use of low carbon biodiesel through education, outreach, and advocacy. WCBA supports the use of high quality, sustainable biofuels which are manufactured to Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) and ASTM industry standards.