Ottawa, Ontario – As of July 1, diesel sold in Canada will contain a minimum of two per cent renewable biodiesel through a new government mandate.

“This will be a special Canada Day for the renewable fuels industry in Canada,” said Gordon Quaiattini, president of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association. “Homegrown biodiesel is a cleaner alternative to conventional diesel. It will help moderate price by adding to our fuel supply, create new jobs, and benefit farmers and drivers alike.”

Biodiesel contains no petroleum and can be made from a variety of materials, called feedstocks, including pure seed oils, animal fats and recycled cooking oils.

Independent studies have shown that, depending on the feedstock, Canadian-produced biodiesel generates between 85 to 99 per cent fewer greenhouse gases compared to conventional diesel fuel.

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