July 6, 2015 — According to a new, national survey, 88 per cent of Canadians believe more renewable fuels should be produced in Canada and that government should do more to promote the industry. The poll of 1,750 Canadians, aged 18 and over, showed that 85 per cent of respondents feel pride in Canada’s biofuels industry.
“This poll reinforces what the CRFA and our members have known for years: renewable fuels are important to and valued by the public,” said Andrea Kent, president of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association. “Eight in 10 Canadians believe renewable fuel products are clean, innovative and needed across the country. The renewable fuels industry also provides Canadians with over 14,000 jobs and generate $3.5 billion in economic activity every year.”
The survey also showed that at least one in three Canadians would like there to be more support for renewable fuels. When respondents learned of the current federal biofuels mandates, 31 per cent said their impression of government action on climate change improved. Two in three Canadians also support increasing the level of biodiesel from the current mandate of two per cent to five per cent.
The survey was conducted online by Abacus Data Inc. from April 6 to April 9, 2015. Survey results are available on CRFA’s website.
A random sample of panellists was invited to complete the survey from a large representation of Canadians, recruited and managed by Research Now, one of the world’s leading digital data collection providers.
About the CRFA
Founded in 1984, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of value added products made from renewable resources through consumer awareness and government liaison activities.