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The provincial government released a discussion paper on Jan. 11 to assess the different components of developing a renewable fuel standard for gasoline by 2018.

Developing a Modern Renewable Fuel Standard for Gasoline in Ontario explores what would be needed to achieve the government’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from gasoline by 5% by 2020.

The paper discusses creating a “modern renewable or low-carbon fuel standard,” which would require fossil fuel suppliers to “reduce the lifecycle carbon intensity of the transportation fuels they sell each year.”  

To meet government-set targets, fuel suppliers could either increase the proportion of biofuels contained in gasoline, including cellulosic ethanol, or purchase credits from other companies that have, for instance, made improvements to refineries.

Depending on the program, credits could also be offered by suppliers of other low-carbon fuels, “such as renewable natural gas, hydrogen, or electricity supplied for transportation.” 

To develop the standard, the government is looking for feedback by March 12 about potential renewable fuel targets, credits and compliance mechanisms, and measures to maintain transparency, such as an information registry. 

Once in place, the renewable fuel standard will play an important role in the government’s Climate Change Action Plan by tackling the province’s largest source of emissions: the transportation sector – which represents 33% of Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions. 

Given the potential impact on the waste management sector, we would like to hear from OWMA members. Please, call our office today (905) 791-9500.