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New Year sees increase in ethanol blend requirements

The Manitoba government announced plans on Dec. 22 to adopt new blend requirements for ethanol in gasoline and for biodiesel in diesel.

“We are taking the steps necessary to meet our GHG reduction targets, and have extensively worked with and consulted stakeholders,” said Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard. “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.”

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.

These increases were identified in the 2017 Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan and recommended by the Expert Advisory Council in 2019. The increased biofuel blending is aimed at reducing emissions in the transportation sector which currently accounts for 40 per cent of all emissions in Manitoba.

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