Manitoba will become the first province in Canada to require biodiesel in all diesel fuel when it mandates the blending of 2 percent biodiesel by November 1, 2009.
The news was welcomed by the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association:
“Today is a good day for homegrown biofuels in Manitoba and Canada,” said Gordon Quaiattini, President of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association. “With today’s decision, Manitoba will become the first province in Canada to realize the many benefits of blending biodiesel in its fuel supply. Biodiesel is good for the environment, good for farmers, and good for the economy.”
The Manitoba 2% biodiesel mandate alone is equal to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 56,000 tonnes a year, or taking 11,000 cars off the road.
British Columbia will mandate a 5 percent biodiesel blend at the beginning next year, while Alberta will institute a 2 percent biodiesel mandate by July 1, 2010.