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 commencing July 1, 2011. The Regulations Amending the Renewable Fuels Regulations (2013) introduced a national exclusion of heating distillate oil volumes for space heating purposes as of January 1, 2013.

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.

Regulations

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:  fuels-carburants@ec.gc.ca.

List of Registrants under the Renewable Fuels Regulations

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

Fact Sheets

Updated as of June 2012:

Key Questions

Further Information

  • News Release (December 2012 announcement of the national exemption of heating distillate oil for space heating purposes)
  • News Release (June 2011 announcement of the start date for the biodiesel requirement)
  • News Release (September 2010 publication of the Renewable Fuels Regulations)

Contact Information

For further information and to receive email notifications of updates to material posted on this webpage and changes regarding Environment Canada’s actions on fuels, please contact us at: fuels-carburants@ec.gc.ca