The Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation (Regulation) reduces British Columbia's reliance on non-renewable fuels, helps reduce the environmental impact of transportation fuels and contributes to a new, low-carbon economy. The Regulation enables the Province to set benchmarks for the amount of renewable fuel in B.C.’s transportation fuel blends, reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels and meet its commitment to adopt a low-carbon fuel standard. This legislation supports British Columbia’s goal to lower provincial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 33 percent by 2020.
The Regulation diversifies B.C.’s transportation fuel supply, decreases GHG emissions and establishes a market for low-carbon fuels by:
- Encouraging suppliers to determine how best to meet the requirements in accordance with consumer demand and market forces;
- Reducing reliance on non-renewable fuels; and
- Encouraging emerging cleaner fuel technologies.
The Regulation reduces the carbon intensity of transportation fuels through two major requirements:
Part 2 (Renewable) Fuel Requirement
- five percent renewable content in gasoline
- four percent renewable content in diesel
Part 3 (Low Carbon) Fuel Requirement
- ten percent reduction in carbon intensity by 2020
The use of renewable and low carbon fuel in 2012 saved 904,868 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from being released into the environment, the equivalent of about 190,499 cars being removed from the road. (see RLCF-007-2012)
Carbon Intensity Applications:
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