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GTAP Resource #4370

"Biofuel Industry in Canada- An integrated approach"
by Mukhopadhyay, Kakali

The Government of Canada has committed that Canada’s total GHG emissions be reduced by 17 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020. To achieve this, the Federal government has introduced three major initiatives: 1) Passenger automobile and light truck GHG emissions regulations by setting new emissions standards for 2011–2016 model-year vehicles; 2) Heavy-duty vehicle emissions regulations which intends to restrict emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, in alignment with similar regulations being developed in the United States; 3)Regulations on coal-fired electricity generation which would phase in regulations to reduce emissions from the generation of electricity from coal, beginning in 2015. In order to curb the GHG emission, new Renewable Fuels Regulations (RFR) was also proposed. These regulations required two per cent renewable content in diesel fuel and heating distillate oil effective July 1, 2011(already in effect) with the first compliance period ending on December 31, 2012. In addition, renewable content standards for gasoline were targeted at five percent starting on September 1, 2010.

Based on the RFR, the two per cent renewable mandate would require 500 million litres per year of renewable diesel use (Farm Credit Canada 2012). The federal government is committed to ensuring a minimum renewable content of two per cent in diesel and heating oil by 2012, for a total production of approximately 600 million litres of biodiesel per year (Farm Credit Canada 2012). However, biodiesel-blended fuel is already available in some western provinces, such as British Columbia, Manitoba and Alberta, resulting only in minimal impacts in these areas (Farm Credit Canada 2012). On the other hand, the Canadian renewable content standards targeted at five per cent for gasoline starting on September 1, 2010, represents approximately 2.1 billion litres of ethanol per year according to the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association. This level of renewable content would reduce...

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Category: Other CGE Application
Status: Not published
Date: 2014
Created: Mukhopadhyay, K. (4/8/2014)
Updated: Mukhopadhyay, K. (4/8/2014)
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- Bioenergy
- Domestic policy analysis
- The GTAP Data Base and extensions
- North America
- South America

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Posted by: Campbell, Hawley   5/30/2014 3:22:00 PM
Hello. I am wondering if I could gain access to this paper as there are no files attached online. Thank you.