Canada commits to clean fuel standard

Published: November 28, 2016

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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The federal Government of Canada has said it will develop a clean fuel standard. To form the standard, the government will consult with industries, non-governmental groups, provincial authorities, and indigenous people to explore how the country manages its carbon footprint.

To achieve a working clean fuel standard, the government will need to reduce the footprint of fuels supplied within Canada, based on lifecycle analysis. The announcement was made by Environment and Climate Change Canada in a backgrounder. Central government says it plans to achieve annual reductions of 30 megatons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030.

In the backgrounder, Climate Change Canada says the clean fuel standard will not differentiate between crude oil types imported or domestic. It is hoped developing a governmental standard would help encourage the use of cleaner fuel in industries such as building development and power industries.

“This reduction will provide a significant contribution towards achieving Canada’s commitment of 30 per cent emissions reduction below 2005 levels, by 2030,” the backgrounder said, adding that “this reduction is like removing over seven million vehicles from the roads for a year.”

To help achieve the standard, the government will seek out advice from other regions in the world to see how they manage clean fuel and the regulations they have in place.

Carbon lifecycles will be reduced by a specific set of requirements from fuel supplied in a single year.

Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, said that “month by month, year by year, decade by decade, we see overwhelming scientific evidence of climate change and its world-altering impact. And Canada is certainly not immune.”

“The impacts of climate change also come with huge financial cost,” McKenna said in the prepared remarks. “Insurance claims in Canada from severe weather events were $373 million a year from 1983 to 2004. That amount tripled to $1.2 billion a year in the past decade.”