Province Adopts New Blend Requirements for Ethanol in Gasoline and for Biodiesel in Diesel


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 were recommended by the Expert Advisory Council for the plan in 2019. Increased biofuels blending is a key government commitment aimed at reducing emissions in the transportation sector, which currently accounts for 40 per cent of all emissions in Manitoba. The increases also reflect industry requests for incremental changes in order to enable a seamless transition to the use of more low-carbon fuels across the province.

In addition, other amendments will help fulfil the government’s commitments to streamline regulations and to reduce the burden on businesses. The changes include an increase to the penalty for non-compliance with the new biodiesel standards.

These amendments are expected to account for about 10 per cent of Manitoba’s one-megatonne target for the first carbon savings account for the period ending in 2022. Over time, they will result in yearly reductions of approximately 220,000 tonnes of GHG emissions.

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