Biodiesel Leads as Greenhouse Gas Reducer in BC

John Davis

canada flag1Biodiesel has been the leading contributor to the reduction of greenhouse gases in British Columbia. This story from Biodiesel Magazine says numbers from the province’s 2012 emissions reductions show that renewable fuels and low carbon fuel regulation accounted for more than 900,000 tons of greenhouse gases removed from BC’s motor fuels, the same as taking 189,000 cars off the road. And the figures show that biodiesel was the single largest reducer of those gases, accounting for more than 296,000 tons, about one-third of the total.

The Western Canada Biodiesel Association has worked with the BC government since 2005 on market-based solutions to reduce greenhouse gas and other air contaminants from the combustion of fossil diesel fuels. On a full life-cycle basis, biodiesel produced in western Canada reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 87 to 94 percent below petroleum diesel.

“This is a remarkable accomplishment,” said Ian Thomson, WCBA President. “Low carbon fuels deliver cleaner air for BC’s cities and towns, real action on climate change, and jobs in BC from clean and renewable technologies. The province has been recognized globally for its leadership and these results are proof that the BC approach is working.”

That should make everyone breathe a little easier, eh?