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RICanada applauds Ontario’s Environment Plan


November 30, 2018
By Renewable Industries Canada

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Nov. 30, 2018 – Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) welcomed the release of Ontario's Environment Plan "Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-In-Ontario Environment Plan," and its commitment to move to 15 per cent ethanol blend in gasoline as early as 2025. Ontario continues to lead the way in renewable fuels use and production in Canada. We applaud the Ford Government for its recognition that ethanol is both an environment solution and an economic growth engine.

RICanada is the effective voice of Canada’s domestic renewable fuels industry, including many of Ontario’s largest producers. Its member companies worked with local farmers to pioneer Ontario’s ethanol industry. The blending of biofuels into gasoline delivers significant health and environmental benefits. Ethanol reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by over 60 per cent relative to gasoline. Unlike some other alternative fuels, ethanol is a local and reliable fuel that is already having a positive impact without compelling Ontarians to drive less or purchase new vehicles.

Ontario’s move to an average blend of 15 per cent ethanol in gasoline also supports Ontario farmers by using locally grown corn. This creates more jobs in the agriculture and cleantech sector. It is also great news for retailers and for consumers who want to enjoy cleaner and more affordable options at the fuel pump.

“It’s a win-win,” said Howard Field, president and CEO, Greenfield Global Inc., a member of RICanada. “In addition to making Ontario’s gasoline among the cleanest in the country, moving to an E15 gasoline blend will mean lower prices at the pumps, while supporting jobs, agriculture and innovation, right here in Ontario, where the ethanol is made.”