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Canada Announces Start Date for Biodiesel Requirement

Canada’s environment minister, Peter Kent, announced that the country will require a 2% biodiesel blend in diesel fuel and home heating oil starting July 1, 2011. The program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.3 million tons each year. All which is equivalent to removing 280,000 cars off the road. The requirement will also create jobs in the biodiesel industry. Moreover it will provide farmers with new sources of revenues.

Benefits of Biodiesel

Biodiesel is a renewable fuel that can be produced from a variety of sources. For that’s including soybean oil, canola oil, and animal fats. I mean amongst others. In addition, biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions, particulate matter. As well as other harmful pollutants. Most noteworthy, biodiesel blends can be used in diesel engines. All without any modifications. For it can replace traditional diesel fuel in many applications. So I mean including transportation, home heating, and power generation.

Biodiesel Canada requirement
Biofuel picture from La Jolla. La Jolla is biotech mecca…
The 92121 zip code, just North of San Diego, has the most biotech companies, 2.8x that of second place (South San Francisco).

Biodiesel Production in Canada

Canada has a growing biodiesel industry. That’s with several plants already in operation. I mean and more under construction. The country has the potential to produce large quantities of biodiesel from canola oil. All which is one of the most common crops in the country.

For the new biodiesel requirement will help to stimulate the development of the biodiesel industry. Especially in Canada and provide a new market for canola farmers.


Canada’s new biodiesel requirement is a positive step. Especially towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting the use of renewable fuels. The requirement will provide significant environmental benefits. All the while also creating jobs and new revenue streams for farmers. As the world faces increasing environmental challenges. So it is important for countries to prioritize sustainability and work towards a more sustainable future. Canada’s biodiesel requirement is a positive example of how governments can take action to address these challenges.

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