Clean Fuel Standard

The Government of Canada announced on November 25, 2016 that it would consult with provinces and territories, Indigenous Peoples, industries, and non-governmental organizations to develop a Clean Fuel Standard to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) through the increased use of lower carbon fuels and alternative technologies.

The Clean Fuel Standard would be a modern, flexible, performance-based approach that would incent the use of a broad range of lower carbon fuels, alternative energy sources and technologies, such as electricity, hydrogen, and renewable fuels, including renewable natural gas. It would address a broad suite of fuels, including gaseous, solid and liquid fuels, and would go beyond transportation fuels to include those used in industry, homes and buildings. The approach would not differentiate between crude oil types produced in or imported into Canada.

The objective of the Clean Fuel Standard is to achieve 30 megatonnes of annual reductions in GHG emissions by 2030, contributing to Canada’s effort to achieve its overall GHG mitigation target of 30% emission reduction below 2005 levels by 2030.

Consultations

Since January 2017, Environment and Climate Change Canada  has engaged stakeholders, provinces and territories, Indigenous Peoples, industries, and non-governmental organizations to seek views on the design for the development of the Clean Fuel Standard through the following activities:   

Technical webinars - April 2017

A series of five (5) technical webinars were held in April 2017 to seek early input from stakeholders in advance of the development of a proposed Clean Fuel Standard in Canada.  The report can be obtained by contacting Environment and Climate Change Canada at: ec.cfsncp.ec@canada.ca

Multi-stakeholder workshop on the Clean Fuel Standard – March 6, 2017 and Webinars on January 30 and 31, 2017

A broad, multi-stakeholder workshop was held on March 6, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario to hear initial views on the key elements and considerations in the design of the regulatory framework as laid out in the discussion paper on Clean Fuel Standard. Webinars were also helf on March 30 and 31, 2017. The report can be obtained by contacting Environment and Climate Change Canada at: ec.cfsncp.ec@canada.ca

Discussion paper on the Clean Fuel Standard – February 24, 2017

A discussion paper on the Clean Fuel Standard was published to facilitate consultations by seeking early views to help inform the development of the regulatory framework in advance of developing the Clean Fuel Standard. The paper laid out different approaches being used in other jurisdictions to reduce GHG emissions from fuels and posed technical questions related to the potential applicability of various elements of a Clean Fuel Standard, including scope, timing and stringency. The discussion paper can be obtained here: Clean Fuel Standard: Discussion Paper. The comment period closed on April 25, 2017.  Copies of submissions from organizations that consented to make their comments public can be obtained by contacting Environment and Climate Change Canada at: ec.cfsncp.ec@canada.ca

Clean Fuel Standard Roundtable – February 7, 2017

On February 7, 2017, Environment and Climate Change Canada held a Roundtable on the Clean Fuel Standard with industry, provinces and territories and non-governmental organizations. Documents from the workshop are available by contacting Environment and Climate Change Canada at: ec.cfsncp.ec@canada.ca

Information Webinar on Announcement and Consultation Plan – January 30 and 31, 2017

Environment and Climate Change Canada hosted broad webinar sessions on the Governments November 2016 Clean Fuel Standard announcement and on the consultation process. 

Ongoing engagement on the Clean Fuel Standard

Engagement with National Indigenous Organizations is being undertaken in conjunction with consultations organized by the Department on other climate change regulations.

Engagement and discussions with provinces and territories will continue through a federal/provincial/territorial working group.

Next steps

  • Summer 2017 - Publication of a document summarizing comments received on the Discussion Paper
  • Fall 2017 – Publication of a framework setting out the government’s path forward
  • Fall 2017 - Consultations on the framework and technical aspects of the regulations with technical working groups
  • Further public engagement to be organized as required (e.g., webinars, bilateral meetings, multi-stakeholder meetings)
  • Mid-2018 - Publication of proposed regulations in Canada Gazette, Part I
  • 2019 - Publication of final regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part II

Background

Contact information

For more information or to receive email notifications of changes regarding Environment and Climate Change Canada’s actions on the Clean Fuel Standard, please contact us at: ec.cfsncp.ec@canada.ca

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