Ontario Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Cleaner and Greener Gasoline

Published on December 01, 2020

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

This change is expected to result in an annual reduction of up to one megatonne of greenhouse gas emissions – 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.

Most of the ethanol produced in Ontario is made from locally-grown corn. By increasing demand for biofuels like ethanol, this regulation will benefit local farmers, attract further investment in the industry, and support Ontario’s competitive advantage as a clean fuel province.

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.

These changes were set out in our Made-In-Ontario Environment Plan and contribute to the province’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2030. The regulation will provide Ontarians with cleaner fuels and will reduce their carbon footprint from transportation.

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