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Ontario changes biodiesel requirements

April 3, 2014, Toronto, Ont. - The Government of Ontario has released new rules for the use of biodiesel in the province's fuel supply.


April 3, 2014
By Canadian Biomass

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April 3, 2014, Toronto, Ont. – The Government of Ontario has released new rules for the use of biodiesel in the province's fuel supply.

 

New rules, which went into effect April 1, are
being phased in over three years. By 2017, the amount of biofuel blended into
regular diesel will need to average at least four per cent. Greenhouse gases
must be reduced by at least 30 per cent this year, and 70 per cent by 2017, for
the biofuel portion of the new blend.

 

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By 2017, Ontario's greener diesel approach is
expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 600,000 tonnes a year —
equivalent to taking 140,000 cars off the road.

 

The government hopes that the use of greener diesel will also encourage investment
at fuel terminals in Ontario and help expand market opportunities for
agricultural-based feedstocks.

 

Home heating oils and aviation fuel are exempt
from the new requirements and northern Ontario will be exempt from the new
rules until 2017.


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