Advanced Biofuels Canada wants Clean Fuel Standard roll out to adhere to new timeline

July 23, 2020 |

In Canada, Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) released its response to the June design update by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) for the proposed Clean Fuel Standard (CFS).

The update increases the 2030 target by 20% but provides an easing of 2022-2025 requirements. Together, the changes will increase cumulative liquid fuel emission reductions by 6% by 2030 relative to previously proposed obligations. ECCC provided data supporting the feasibility of higher targets, and also stated that they are “consistent with other low carbon fuel standard programs that set targets expecting innovations.” ECCC noted that easing near-term requirements “will give regulated parties more time to rely on credits banked from the current Renewable Fuel Regulations and [allow] additional time for new investments.”

ABFC’s comments support the updated approach to the liquid fuel class CFS regulations, and raise concerns about three major issues. ABFC’s Summary Brief for Policy Makers, calls on ECCC to:

1. Strictly adhere to the new timeline and proposed target and trajectory

2. Eliminate trade barriers and irritants to protect open markets for North American

energy products

3. Balance the regulatory approach to ensure fair competition

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