Ottawa, Ontario – A new third-party study of Canadian renewable fuel production has concluded that Canadian-produced ethanol and biodiesel significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
The study was performed by Cheminfo Services on behalf of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association. The consulting firm analyzed a sample of eight ethanol plants and three biodiesel plants in Canada, using the most recent version of Natural Resources Canada’s lifecycle assessment model for transportation fuels.
The study concluded that on an energy basis, the reduction in fuelcycle GHG emissions from one megajoule of ethanol in an E10 fuel blend is 62 per cent of the fuelcycle GHG emissions for one megajoule of gasoline; and that the reduction of tallow biodisel in a D95/TD5 fuel blend is 99 per cent of the fuelcycle GHG emissions of one megajoule of petroleum diesel.
The study, Life Cycle Assessment of Renewable Fuel Production from Canadian Biofuel Plants for 2008-2009, can be found at GreenFuels.