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April 8, 2014

April 3, 2014 
 
Canada’s Renewable Fuels Association Welcomes Greener Diesel Requirement in Ontario 
OTTAWA, Ontario, April 3, 2014 – The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) applauded the Ontario 
provincial government's introduction of a Greener Diesel mandate in the Province of Ontario. 
The Greener Diesel mandate for all diesel sold in Ontario will reduce harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 
and encourage biodiesel production in the province. It will also reduce smog forming particulates to improve the 
air quality of the province’s urban centres while creating economic opportunity for renewable fuel producers and 
farmers alike. 
 
“This is fantastic news for our renewable fuels industry as well as Ontario,” said CRFA President W. Scott 
Thurlow. “Ontario has created the gold standard for biofuels regulations. By focusing on reducing emissions, 
this regulation will provide several options for compliance for the obligated parties. Ontario’s Greener Diesel 
requirement is a model for other jurisdictions the world over.” 
 
Ontario’s proposal links the emissions profile of the feedstock and the processes which create the fuel - and is 
designed to maximize environmental benefit here in the province. The Greener Diesel mandate emulates the 
inclusion requirements found in other provinces, but ensures an environmental benefit by rewarding the fuels 
which reduce emissions by the greatest margin. 
 
Renewable fuels can reduce GHGs by as much as 99 percent when compared to petroleum based diesel. The 2 
percent inclusion requirement in Ontario will be the equivalent of removing the emissions from 140,000 cars off 
of our roads. The 4 percent mandate will double that! 
 
The inclusion requirement will also serve as an effective business risk management tool for farmers. The first 
phase of the proposed requirement will require as much as 160 million litres of renewable content – creating a 
potential market for over 680,000 tonnes of soybeans. As the Greener Diesel requirement increases to 4 
percent in the future, the potential markets for Ontario production will also grow. 
 
Renewable diesel is a clean-burning renewable fuel that can be used in all diesel vehicles with minimal or no 
engine modifications. Renewable diesel cuts emissions from our diesel cars, trucks, stationary power sources, 
boats, and trains. 
 
“More than any other policy tool, inclusion requirements for biofuels use is proven to contribute directly to our 
economy, our environment, and the strength of our agricultural sector,” continued Thurlow. “Ontario’s Greener 
Diesel requirement is exceptional news for the province’s renewable fuels industry and the farmers they work so 
closely with.” 
 
About the CRFA 
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. 
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For more information: 
Andrea Kent, Director of Communications 
Canadian Renewable Fuels Association 
613-594-5528 ext 221 
a.kent@greenfuels.org 

Canada’s Leading Advocate for Renewable Fuels Unveils New Action Plan

CRFA LAUNCHES NEW VISION AND ACTION PLAN FOR CANADA’S RENEWABLE FUELS INDUSTRY AND EMERGING BIOECONOMY

Ottawa, ON (APRIL 8, 2014) – Today the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) released a comprehensive new plan for Canada’s renewable fuels industry and emerging bioeconomy.

Founded in 1984, the CRFA is the country's leading advocate for the economic and environmental benefits of clean-burning renewable fuels and represents the full spectrum of Canada’s domestic biofuels industry. 

The goal of the CRFA’s new document, aptly entitled Evolution and Growth, is to help Canada capitalize on the sizable economic and environmental benefits of its domestic biofuels industry and set a clear pathway forward for continued growth and expansion.

“Canada is facing real environmental challenges but we also have significant opportunities,” said CRFA President W. Scott Thurlow.  “Our members remain focused on capitalizing on these opportunities. As the recent past has proven, a thriving and fully realized domestic renewable fuels industry is more than possible – it is viable and working in Canada. Now is the time to build off this successful platform and do even more.”

The CRFA has put forward an action plan that will create a virtual cycle of investment for Canadian innovation with three key priorities:

  • Becoming a clean energy superpower by investing in Canadian innovation and the bioeconomy;
  • Growing market access and expanding the use of biofuels; and
  • Incenting real environmental benefits with a fair market value for greenhouse gas emissions.

“The fledgling renewable fuel industry of thirty years ago is a distant memory,” added CRFA Chairman Scott Lewis.  “Today’s producers are using Canadian-born technologies to reduce energy costs, expand production, and move beyond fuels and into valuable co-products. The new CRFA vision and action plan builds on this success and will ensure that Canada’s domestic renewable fuels industry continues to grow and flourish.”

Successfully meeting our energy demands while at the same time fighting and mitigating the effects of climate change requires careful and strategic planning.  CRFA’s action plan includes policy recommendations for the federal and provincial governments that would:

  1. Establish A Fair Value for Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  2. Support Innovation and Investment in Canada
  3. Grow Market Access and Increase Levels for Renewable Fuels
  4. Deliver Modern Fuel Blends to Consumers
  5. Increase Domestic Production and Use of Advanced Biofuels
  6. Build a Comprehensive Bioeconomy Strategy for Canada

Successful implementation of these interconnected recommendations will help ensure Canada achieves its greenhouse gas reduction targets and remains competitive in the global fuel and energy market.

To view the new CRFA vision document and action plan in its entirety, please visit www.evolutionandgrowth.ca.

About the CRFA 

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 more information 

Andrea Kent, Director of Communications 
Canadian Renewable Fuels Association 
613-594-5528 ext 221 
a.kent@greenfuels.org 

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April 9, 2014

April 3, 2014 
 
Canada’s Renewable Fuels Association Welcomes Greener Diesel Requirement in Ontario 
OTTAWA, Ontario, April 3, 2014 – The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) applauded the Ontario 
provincial government's introduction of a Greener Diesel mandate in the Province of Ontario. 
The Greener Diesel mandate for all diesel sold in Ontario will reduce harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 
and encourage biodiesel production in the province. It will also reduce smog forming particulates to improve the 
air quality of the province’s urban centres while creating economic opportunity for renewable fuel producers and 
farmers alike. 
 
“This is fantastic news for our renewable fuels industry as well as Ontario,” said CRFA President W. Scott 
Thurlow. “Ontario has created the gold standard for biofuels regulations. By focusing on reducing emissions, 
this regulation will provide several options for compliance for the obligated parties. Ontario’s Greener Diesel 
requirement is a model for other jurisdictions the world over.” 
 
Ontario’s proposal links the emissions profile of the feedstock and the processes which create the fuel - and is 
designed to maximize environmental benefit here in the province. The Greener Diesel mandate emulates the 
inclusion requirements found in other provinces, but ensures an environmental benefit by rewarding the fuels 
which reduce emissions by the greatest margin. 
 
Renewable fuels can reduce GHGs by as much as 99 percent when compared to petroleum based diesel. The 2 
percent inclusion requirement in Ontario will be the equivalent of removing the emissions from 140,000 cars off 
of our roads. The 4 percent mandate will double that! 
 
The inclusion requirement will also serve as an effective business risk management tool for farmers. The first 
phase of the proposed requirement will require as much as 160 million litres of renewable content – creating a 
potential market for over 680,000 tonnes of soybeans. As the Greener Diesel requirement increases to 4 
percent in the future, the potential markets for Ontario production will also grow. 
 
Renewable diesel is a clean-burning renewable fuel that can be used in all diesel vehicles with minimal or no 
engine modifications. Renewable diesel cuts emissions from our diesel cars, trucks, stationary power sources, 
boats, and trains. 
 
“More than any other policy tool, inclusion requirements for biofuels use is proven to contribute directly to our 
economy, our environment, and the strength of our agricultural sector,” continued Thurlow. “Ontario’s Greener 
Diesel requirement is exceptional news for the province’s renewable fuels industry and the farmers they work so 
closely with.” 
 
About the CRFA 
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. 
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For more information: 
Andrea Kent, Director of Communications 
Canadian Renewable Fuels Association 
613-594-5528 ext 221 
a.kent@greenfuels.org 

CRFA Names the Chevrolet Cruze as Renewable Fuel Vehicle of the Year

OTTAWA - April 9, 2014: Yesterday, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) recognized the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze as the Renewable Fuel Vehicle of the Year.

“We are very happy to present the Chevrolet Cruze as the first recipient of the Renewable Fuel Vehicle of the Year Award,” said CRFA president W. Scott Thurlow. “Availability of cleaner vehicles, like the Cruze, speaks to the increasing consumer demand for vehicles that can take advantage of renewable fuels and their superior environmental performance.”  

Biodiesel is a clean-burning, biodegradable, and renewable fuel made from a variety of feedstocks including canola and soy oils, animal fats, recycled cooking oils and restaurant grease. Biodiesel reduces harmful greenhouse gases, smog-causing particles, and acid-rain causing emissions. With B20, a blend of 20 percent biodiesel, no engine modifications are needed and no changes are required to existing fuel distribution infrastructure. 

The Chevrolet Cruze, when fitted with a diesel engine, is able to use diesel blends as high as B20, delivering significant environmental benefits compared with traditional fossil fuels.

CRFA announced the 2014 Renewable Fuel Vehicle of the Year award as part of its new vision document and action plan for Canada’s biofuels industry on April 8 in Ottawa.  Among the policy recommendations presented, CRFA is advocating for government investments in fuel infrastructure to deliver higher biofuels blends to consumers.  “The unfortunate reality is that Canadian consumers do not have access to the advanced fuels and higher content blends that would maximize the environmental performance of vehicles like the Cruze,” continued Thurlow.  The complete CRFA action plan can be viewed at www.evolutionandgrowth.ca. 

About the CRFA 

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 more information 

Andrea Kent, Director of Communications 
Canadian Renewable Fuels Association 
613-594-5528 ext 221 
a.kent@greenfuels.org 

 

renewable fuel vehicle of the year

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze is announced as the Renewable Fuel Vehicle of the Year in a ceremony on Parliament Hill on April 8, 2014. Pictured in the photo are (from Left to Right): Scott Lewis, BIOX Corporation; Phil Petsinis, General Motors of Canada Ltd.; John Carmichael, Member of Parliament, Don Valley West and Chair of the Conservative Auto Caucus; Marie-Hélène Labrie, Enerkem, Inc.; W. Scott Thurlow, President, Canadian Renewable Fuels Association; Malcolm West, GreenField Specialty Alcohols; Jim Grey, IGPC Ethanol, Inc.; Dayne Delahoussaye, Neste Oil; Alan Rickard, Rothsay Biodiesel. Photo credit: Dennis Dreaver/Canadian Renewable Fuels Association