WASHINGTON, May 10, 2017 - Representatives from Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently visited Canada to discuss that country’s new environmental initiative, the Federal Clean Fuel Standard (CFS). The groups met with regulators and stakeholders, sharing details of the U.S. experience with its Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and also submitted comments in response to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) discussion paper on the CFS.
“We support the Canadian government’s plan to implement a Clean Fuel Standard as the best way to help meet the transportation sector’s needs with lower greenhouse-gas-intensive fuels. Increased ethanol utilization will reduce GHG emissions, improve air quality, and provide a renewable source of octane for Canadian fuel consumers at a competitive price,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor.
RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen noted that a strong CFS should build on the success of Canada’s Renewable Fuel Regulations, which he says have helped clean the air, boost local economies, reduce the reliance on petroleum imports and lower the price of gasoline for consumers. “But it needs to be done right,” he said. “Based on sound science and consumer choice.”
Dinneen said the groups are optimistic that Canada’s effort will be successful and they look forward to remaining trading partners on the “cleanest, highest octane source of fuel in the world.”
Tom Sleight, president and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council, noted that Canada is a strong partner in renewable fuels expansion. “Our product is an important supplement to Canada’s own domestic production and should Canada boost its use of ethanol, our industry stands ready to ensure that the supplies Canada needs are available.”