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Greener Diesel, Cleaner Air

Ontario’s New Biodiesel Rules Will Help Fight Climate Change, Smog

Ontario's new greener diesel rules are stepping up the fight against climate change and improving air quality by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and smog-causing pollutants in cars, trucks and boats.

New rules, which went into effect April 1, are being phased in over three years. By 2017, the amount of biofuel blended into regular diesel will need to average at least four per cent. Greenhouse gases must be reduced by at least 30 per cent this year, and 70 per cent by 2017, for the biofuel portion of the new blend.

By 2017, Ontario's greener diesel approach is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 600,000 tonnes a year -- equivalent to taking 140,000 cars off the road.

Greener diesel will also encourage investment at fuel terminals in Ontario and help expand market opportunities for agricultural-based feedstocks.

Home heating oils and aviation fuel are exempt from the new requirements and northern Ontario will be exempt from the new rules until 2017.

Making sound, sustainable decisions about the environment that support the economy is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths -- its people and strategic partnerships.

Quick Facts

  • Greener diesel is a blend of petroleum diesel and renewable biofuel made from feedstocks such as canola and soy oils, animal fats and recycled cooking oils.
  • Greener diesel can be used in cars, trucks, boats and other types of engines without modification.
  • The transportation sector is the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario.
  • The government will monitor implementation of the requirements.

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“Greener diesel will improve air quality, bring Ontario closer to meeting our greenhouse gas reduction targets, and help support a growing biofuel economy.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of the Environment

“Using greener diesel is a step towards a clean, sustainable energy future — an important goal for everyone in the province. Growing crops for green energy initiatives, and the development of a robust bioeconomy, is an increasingly important part of the success of our agri-food industry.”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Agriculture and Food

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