Biofuels mandate increased in Manitoba

GHG reductions come hand in hand with additional grain markets

Manitoba is boosting its blend — ethanol blend in gasoline, that is.

Effective Jan. 1, 2021, the amount of ethanol required in gasoline will increase to 9.25 per cent from 8.5 per cent. It will further grow to 10 per cent on Jan. 1, 2022.

The biodiesel requirement will increase to 3.5 per cent from two per cent on Jan. 1, 2021, and will rise again to five per cent on Jan. 1, 2022.

In a press release the provincial government was touting the move as part of its work to meet targets set out in the Manitoba Climate and Green Plan.

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Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard said the plan would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 220,000 tonnes a year.

“We are taking the steps necessary to meet our GHG reduction targets, and have extensively worked with and consulted stakeholders,” said Guillemard in the prepared release.

“We are leading the nation with our creation of a cumulative GHG reduction goal as part of our carbon savings account — a made-in-Manitoba solution to address climate change in our province.”

These increases were identified in the 2017 ‘Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan’ and were recommended by the expert advisory council for the plan in 2019.

The provincial government has identified biofuels as a “key government commitment” to reduce emissions in the transportation sector. As a transportation hub, Manitoba sees that sector creating about 40 per cent of all of the province’s emissions.

The government also noted in the release that the policy will “… reflect industry requests for incremental changes… ” which they’ve told lawmakers they can better absorb and plan around.

The changes also include an increase for penalties for non-compliance with the biodiesel standard.

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