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Amendments proposed for Renewable Fuel Regulations

January 3, 2013
By Environment Canada

January 3, 2013, Gatineau, QC – The federal government is proposing an amendment to the Renewable Fuels Regulations that would see a permanent national exemption from the two percent renewable content requirement in home heating oil, as well as a six-month extension to the exemption from the two percent renewable content requirement for diesel fuel for Canada’s Maritime Provinces.

“The Government of Canada is committed to regulating renewable content in gasoline and diesel fuel, and our regulations will continue to deliver significant GHG reductions,” said Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment. “Today’s measures will provide flexibility for Maritime Provinces to make adjustments required to comply with the regulations and ensure Canadian families are not penalized for heating their homes with home heating oil.”

The Renewable Fuels Regulations, first published on September 2010, also require an average of five percent renewable content in gasoline. The government says the Regulations are a key initiative to reduce Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020 and are one element of its Renewable Fuels Strategy. The permanent exemption for Newfoundland and Labrador from the requirement for two percent renewable content in diesel remains unchanged.

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