From a release
Guelph – Ontario farmers now have additional marketing options for crops with the introduction of the new Greener Diesel mandate by the Ontario government. This initiative supports two key priorities the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) has for Ontario agriculture – economic growth and environmental sustainability.
Effective April 1, 2014, the new regulations require at least 2% biodiesel be blended into petroleum diesel. Rules for the blended fuel will be phased in over a three-year period, resulting in an average of at least 4% biofuel blend into regular diesel by 2017. The new regulations are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 600,000 tonnes per year by 2017 – that’s equivalent to taking 140,000 cars off the road. An immediate result of this new mandate will see greenhouse gases reduced by 30% in 2014 and 70% by 2017.
“When new markets, like the new biodiesel blended fuel, are opened for Ontario-grown products, it’s good news for the agri-food sector and the overall provincial economy,” says Mark Wales, OFA president. “The new Greener Diesel mandate will boost domestic marketing opportunities for Ontario farmers, especially in the soybean sector.”
The OFA supports this new initiative because it will help support growth and sustainability in Ontario – by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, encouraging investment in the fuel industry and mandating the use of an agriculturally-derived product.