The Canadian Trucking Alliance has expressed support for a proposed six-month extension to Maritime province exemptions from the biodiesel requirement in Canada’s new renewable fuels regulations.
The law was to impose a 2 percent biodiesel blend in all diesel fuel in Canada, but the organization said the supply and distribution challenges would be too great when considering the far-flung provinces.
Newfoundland and Labrador have already secured a permanent exemption from the rule. The Maritimes had been exempt from the rule since it was enacted in September 2010, but were to comply starting Jan. 1.
CTA also expressed concern about the impact of biodiesel on engines that are subjected to the extreme cold that permeates the region. The absence of fuel-quality standards and the risk of a price disparity between the new fuel and traditional diesel also gave the organization pause.
The renewable fuels law is seen as a major stepping stone in the country’s fight to
reduce emissions by 15 percent in 2020 when compared to 2005 levels. Minister Peter Kent outlined an extension of the exemption in his plans for the start of 2013.
“The government of Canada is committed to regulating renewable content in gasoline and diesel fuel, and our regulations will continue to deliver significant green house gas reductions,” Kent said in a statement at the end of December. “Today’s measures will provide flexibility for Maritime provinces to make adjustments required to comply with the regulations.” - Jon Ross