December 10, 2007

Feds introduce bill to require renewable content in fuels

OTTAWA, ONT-Bill C-33, the Renewable Fuels Bill was introduced December 3 in Parliament by federal Environment Minister John Baird on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz. The bill would amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999) to allow the federal government to regulate the renewable content in fuels. Regulations to be promulgated under this legislation will require a 5% average renewable content in gasoline by 2010. Subsequent regulations will require a 2% average renewable content in diesel and heating oil by 2012; this will be contingent upon successful demonstration of renewable diesel fuel use under a range of Canadian environmental conditions. The government says these regulations will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about four megatonnes per year, the equivalent of taking approximately one million vehicles off the road. The changes were originally proposed in the Clean Air Act.

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