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Renewable Fuel Standards Can Help Ethanol Play a Greater Role in Reducing Canada's GHG Emissions

OTTAWA, Sept. 14, 2017 /CNW/ - The government's existing ethanol blend mandate has played a key role in reducing the carbon intensity in gasoline, while providing market access and economic stability for Canada's ethanol industry. Maintaining Renewable Fuel Standards can be an integral part of Canada's transition to a low-carbon future, according a new Conference Board of Canada report.

The climate benefits of ethanol blending are clear and well documented. Greenhouse gas emissions from the use of Canadian-produced ethanol are as much as 60 per cent lower than from gasoline use. Current estimates demonstrate that ethanol blending in 2013 reduced Canada's gasoline-related GHG emissions by at least 2.1 megatonnes.

"Road transportation is the single largest source of GHG emissions in Canada and lowering the carbon footprint of the fuels we use will play an essential role in reducing GHG emissions," said Len Coad, Research Director, The Conference Board of Canada. "Blend mandates already ensure that gasoline includes a low-carbon component."


The report, Renewable Fuel Standards Within a Low-Carbon Fuel Strategy, examines the role of blend mandates in a Clean Fuels Standard strategy. It finds:

Funded by Renewable Industries Canada, Renewable Fuel Standards Within a Low-Carbon Fuel Strategy is the first briefing in a six-part series that examines the economics, emissions, technologies, and societal impacts of Canada's ethanol industry. The second briefing, which will released in the coming months, will focus on ethanol's contribution to sustainability and a circular economy.

A recorded webinar on this topic presented by environmental and climate experts Dr. Mark Jaccard, renowned professor and author, and Gord Miller, ecologist,  environmental policy analyst and former Environment Commissioner of Ontario, is available from the Conference Board's e-Library.

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SOURCE Conference Board of Canada

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