Bill or Act:
Summary of Decision:
A decision was made to proceed with a greener diesel regulation that will expand the use of diesel fuels with better environmental performance to improve air quality and climate change emissions. The transportation sector is the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario. The regulation was informed by stakeholder feedback on the Environmental Registry proposal. The regulation was filed with the Registrar of Regulations on March 31, 2014 and comes into effect on April 01, 2014.
November 1, 2013
Summary of Proposal:
As part of its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality, the Ministry of the Environment is proposing a regulation that would require that Ontario's diesel pool contain a minimum percentage of diesel made from renewable sources. To ensure that environmental benefits are achieved, the proposed approach includes an average greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction requirement for fuel volumes sold or used in the Province.
The proposal is expected to provide air quality benefits including reduced particulate matter and greenhouse gas reductions. It is estimated that the greener diesel requirement will reduce Ontario's GHG emissions by approximately 200,000 tonnes per year in the first compliance period, 1 million tonnes annually from 2017 onwards and by about 5 million tonnes on a cumulative basis by 2020.
The proposed approach also includes a number of mechanisms to ensure that diesel fuel suppliers have flexibility in meeting the requirements of the proposed regulation. Additional details on key features of the proposed approach are described below.
April 1, 2014