Province to raise ethanol content in regular gas


The Ontario government says it is making the gasoline that drivers use every day cleaner and greener by becoming the first province to require fuel suppliers to increase the amount of “renewable content” in regular-grade gasoline to 15 per cent.

The province says the change is expected to result in an annual reduction of up to one megatonne of greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 – the equivalent of taking 300,000 cars off the road every year.

“We know about one third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the province comes from transportation which is why increasing the amount of renewable content in gasoline is such an important step towards fighting climate change and driving down emissions,” said Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

“This change will also help attract investment in ethanol production, create jobs in rural communities and assist the biofuel and agriculture sectors in their long-term economic recovery from COVID-19.”

Ethanol is a renewable fuel produced mainly through the fermentation of corn in Ontario. Renewable fuels can also be made from other organic materials such as forestry residues or organic wastes.

To help ensure that industry has a chance to adjust to the new requirements, the province is gradually phasing in the renewable content from the existing 10 per cent requirement to 11 per cent in 2025, 13 per cent in 2028 and 15 per cent in 2030.

“Ontario gasoline is on track to be among the cleanest in the country. Ethanol is clean, renewable, and already blended in most gasoline,” said Andrea Kent, board director and past president of Renewable Industries Canada.

“Boosting ethanol content in gasoline is a practical and immediate climate solution to cut greenhouse gases from transportation, improve air quality, and strengthen local economies without adding costs for drivers. It also means that Ontario drivers will be helping the environment with every fill-up.”

The province said the changes were set out in its Made-In-Ontario Environment Plan and contribute to the goal of reducing Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

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