Ontario Planning Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Biofuels Support.

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From the May 16th Globe and Mail, a report that the cabinet in Kathleen Wynne’s Government of Ontario, under Minister Glenn Murray (Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change), is planning a low carbon fuel standard. The accuracy of the report has not been confirmed by the government.


New lower-carbon fuel standards would require all liquid transportation fuels, such as gasoline and diesel, to slash life-cycle carbon emissions by 5 per cent by 2020. The plan will also provide $176-million in incentives to fuel retailers to sell more biodiesel and 85-per-cent ethanol blend. The government will also oblige natural gas to contain more renewable content, such as gas from agriculture and waste products.”


The overall 2017-2021 plan will be publicly released in June, according to the story.


The many new programs will be paid for out of revenue from the province’s upcoming cap-and-trade system, which is expected to be approved by the legislature this week and come into effect at the start of next year. Together, the cap-and-trade system and the action plan are the backbone of the province’s strategy to cut emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050.

The low-carbon fuel standard is projected to cut GHG emissions by two million tonnes, and the renewable content requirement for natural gas (‘renewable natural gas’) by one million tonnes.