Clean Fuel Standard

The Government of Canada announced November 25, 2016 that it will 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.

A Clean Fuel Standard will 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 overall objective 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.


Discussion paper on the Clean Fuel Standard

A discussion paper on the Clean Fuel Standard has been 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 lays out different approaches being used in other jurisdictions to reduce GHG emissions from fuels and poses 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

Interested parties may submit comments in response to the discussion paper by mail, email or fax, on or before April 25, 2017 to the address below. 

Mark Cauchi
Executive Director, Oil, Gas and Alternative Energy Division
Clean Fuel Standard Discussion Paper
Energy and Transportation Directorate
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St. Joseph Boulevard, 12th Floor
Gatineau, QC
K1A 0H3
Fax: 819-420-8028

Clean Fuel Standard roundtable

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.  Presentations and agenda for the workshop are available by contacting Environment and Climate Change Canada at:

Multi-stakeholder workshop on the Clean Fuel Standard

A stakeholder workshop will be 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 laid out in the discussion paper.

Further engagement and consultations on the Clean Fuel Standard

Environment and Climate Change Canada will be engaging stakeholders, provinces and territories, Indigenous Peoples, industries, and non-governmental organizations throughout the development of the Clean Fuel Standard through the following planned activities:   

  • Indigenous People: Engagement with National Indigenous Organizations will be organized in conjunction with consultations organized by the Department on other climate change regulations
  • Federal/provincial/territorial Working Group - Ongoing engagement and discussions
  • March to April 2017 - Public webinars on the elements in the discussion paper
  • Summer 2017 - Publication of a document summarizing comments receive and setting out the Government’s path forward
  • Summer and Fall 2017 - Consultations on technical aspects of the regulations with technical working groups
  • Further public engagement to be organised 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


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:

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