Renewable Fuels Regulations
The Renewable Fuels Regulations, published on September 1, 2010 in the Canada Gazette, Part II, require fuel producers and importers to have an average renewable content of at least 5% based on the volume of gasoline that they produce or import commencing December 15, 2010. The Regulations include provisions that govern the creation of compliance units, allow trading of these units among participants and also require recordkeeping and reporting to ensure compliance.
The Regulations also require fuel producers and importers of diesel fuel and heating distillate oil to have an average annual renewable fuel content equal to at least 2% of the volume of diesel fuel and heating distillate oil that they produce and import. The Regulations Amending the Renewable Fuels Regulations set a coming-into-force date for this requirement of July 1, 2011.
These Regulations are one pillar of the Government’s broader Renewable Fuels Strategy. The Strategy’s two regulatory requirements combined with provincial regulations will ensure a total volume of renewable fuel that will reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated four megatonnes by 2012 – about the equivalent of taking one million vehicles off the road.
- Renewable Fuels Regulations (Department of Justice) - includes the consolidated regulations which reflects the amendments
- Renewable Fuels Regulations (CEPA 1999 Environmental Registry) - includes the original Regulations and the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement
Compliance Promotion Information
Compliance Unit Account Books
Under section 31 of the Renewable Fuels Regulations, primary suppliers and elective participants in the trading system are required to make a compliance unit account book of their monthly transactions of compliance units. The compliance unit account book, for a compliance period, must contain monthly records for:
- each facility (blending and production) and province of import for each type of creation of compliance units;
- each province of export for each cancellation of compliance units;
- each person with who you traded or receive in hade compliance units; and
- company-wide for each type of transaction of compliance units (carry forward, carry back, cancellations, "distillate-to-gasoline" assignment).
Environment Canada has developed templates for the Gasoline Compliance Unit Account Book and the Distillate Compliance Unit Account Book in Microsoft Excel format. Note that the form and formats of the compliance unit account books are not being specified by the Minister for the purposes of subsection 31(5) of the Regulations, and accordingly, their use is optional. For a copy of the account books or for more information, please contact Environment Canada at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
List of Registrants under the Renewable Fuels Regulations
- To facilitate the effective operation of the trading system, please see the List of Registrants Under the Renewable Fuels Regulations, current as of May 23, 2012.
References - Volume Measurement
The Regulations include references to:
- Standards and methods which are cited in the American Petroleum Institute's Manual of Petroleum Measurement Standards. This manual is available from the American Petroleum Institute at: www.api.org/standards/
- The Weights and Measures Act and the regulations made under that Act. The Act and it's regulations are available from the Department of Justice at: laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/W-6/index.html
Question and Answers on the Renewable Fuels Regulations
- Questions and Answers on the Renewable Fuels Regulations (Updated as of February 16, 2012)
Updated as of June 2012:
- Federal Renewable Fuels Regulations: Overview factsheet
- Federal Renewable Fuels Regulations: Primary Suppliers factsheet
- Federal Renewable Fuels Regulations: Seller of Fuel for Export factsheet
- Federal Renewable Fuels Regulations: Blending Operations factsheet
- Federal Renewable Fuels Regulations: Renewable Fuel Producers and Importers factsheet
- Federal Renewable Fuels Regulations: High-Renewable-Content and Neat Renewable Fuels factsheet
- Federal Renewable Fuels Regulations: Small-Volume Suppliers factsheet
- Federal Renewable Fuels Regulations: Biodiesel Suppliers factsheet
- Federal Renewable Fuels Regulations: Excluded-Volumes-Only Suppliers factsheets
- What do I need to know about using biofuel? (Natural Resources Canada)
- What does this mean for the agriculture industry? (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
- News Release (June 2011 announcement of then start date for the biodiesel requirement)
- News Release (September 2010 publication of the Renewable Fuels Regulations)
- Backgrounder (September 2010 publication of the Renewable Fuels Regulations)
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