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May 29, 2014
On behalf of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA), I would like to correct misinformation that appeared in “Expect to fork it over for red meat” on May 28, 2014.  
It’s a shame that every year around BBQ season, the same critics come forward and try to blame ethanol for potential increases to food and meat prices.  Like clockwork, Canadian ethanol and grain producers have come to expect attacks from the George Morris Centre, which regularly misinterprets the connection between clean-burning, renewable ethanol and the livestock and meat markets.
Price changes for any commodity cannot be reasonably attributed to a single industry – and ours is no exception. Canadians need to remember that grocery costs are largely driven by energy costs and do not significantly increase with the price of corn.  Ethanol produced from corn only uses the starch from the grain, the rest is returned to the animal feed market as distillers grains and help make animal feed less expensive. 
Much of the modern world’s agriculture and food transportation is reliant on oil and is driven by oil costs.  Ethanol helps extend our oil supply and is on average less expensive than gasoline making energy less expensive, including lower gas prices for consumers at the pump.  Despite what Mr. Grier suggests, reducing ethanol production would not meaningfully lower corn or food prices.  What it would do is take revenue and jobs away from farmers who grow crops that supply our feedstock and feed our families.
W. Scott Thurlow
President, CRFA

July 24, 2014

Canadian Bioeconomy Conference announces 2014 agenda

OTTAWA - The Canadian Bioeconomy Conference taking place Dec. 1-3, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, announced its preliminary agenda this week. This is the 11th annual conference from the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) and is expanding in focus to include comprehensive program tracks on both renewable fuels and the emerging bioeconomy. 

Program topics and speakers include: 

  • Fair Market Value for GHG Reductions
  • Growing Market Access
  • Promoting Investment in Canada’s Innovation Sector
  • Emerging Markets – Accessing Global Markets
  • Delivering Modern Fuel Blends to ConsumersIncreased Domestic Use of Advanced Fuels
  • Keynote Speaker: Jeffrey Simpson, Author and Columnist, Globe and Mail

"The annual Canadian Bioeconomy Conference will bring together the entire value chain of the biofuels industry,” said Deborah Elson, CRFA Vice President Membership, Stakeholder Relations and Industry Promotions. "This expanded agenda reflects the natural transition and ever-evolving nature of the Canadian renewable fuels industry and will build upon the recommendations outlined in the CRFA’s new vision and action plan Evolution and Growth.” 

Over 300 professionals from North America are expected to attend including leading petroleum, ethanol and biodiesel companies, trade suppliers, government officials and members of the finance and investment industries.  

CRFA is also pleased to announce partnerships with some of the country’s foremost voices on biofuels and the bioeconomy, including BIOTECanada, BioTalent, Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council, CanBio, the Forest Products Association of Canada, and IEA Bioenergy Task 42.

For registration information and to view the online agenda, please visit:

About the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association 

Founded in 1984, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of value added products made from renewable resources through consumer awareness and government liaison activities.

For additional information, please contact: 
Andrea Kent, Director of Communications
Canadian Renewable Fuels Association
613-594-5528 ext. 221