Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian government is moving forward with proposed regulations that will require an average renewable fuel content of five per cent in gasoline by September 2010.

“We are fulfilling the commitment we made in 2006 to regulate renewable fuel content in gasoline and have developed draft regulations following consultations with industry, provinces and stakeholders,” said Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment. “This is further action from the Government of Canada to reduce emissions from the transportation sector, which accounts for about one-quarter of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions.”

When fully implemented, the requirements, combined with provincial regulations, will ensure a total volume of renewable fuel that will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to about four megatonnes per year, approximately the equivalent of taking one million vehicles off the road.

The proposed regulations are part of a broader Renewable Fuels Strategy, which also supports further testing on the use of biodiesel to determine the technical feasibility of renewable diesel under a range of Canadian conditions.

The government has a commitment to reduce Canada’s total GHG emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020, which includes stringent regulated standards to progressively tighten limits for GHG emissions from new cars and light trucks over the 2011 to 2016 model years.

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