Greener Gasoline and Greener Diesel - Director's Directions

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Description of Policy

The proposed guidance provides fuel suppliers with instructions and directions for how to calculate the greenhouse gas intensity of bio-based content using the GHGenius model version 4.03a, or another method provided by the director.

Purpose of Policy

On January 1, 2020, amendments to O. Reg. 535/05 will come into effect, requiring 10% bio-based content in regular gasoline.

This bio-based content will be required to have an average of 45% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than petroleum gasoline, assessed across the fuel's lifecycle (i.e. across the fuel's production, delivery and use stages). This ensures that renewable content with robust environmental performance is used in Ontario.

Increasing renewable content in gasoline is a key part of the government's draft Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan commitment to meet our share of Canada's 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target and reduce our province's emissions output to 30% below 2005 levels.

To calculate the greenhouse gas emissions of bio-based content for both O. Reg. 535/05 and O. Reg. 97/14, fuel suppliers need to use GHGenius version 4.03a ("the model"), a lifecycle assessment model available upon request to Environment and Climate Change Canada. Ontario fuel suppliers may be familiar with the model as it is already used for greenhouse gas performance determination in O. Reg. 97/14 (Greener Diesel - Renewable Fuel Content Requirements for Petroleum Diesel Fuel).

The proposed guide or "Director's Directions" are legally-binding directions that prescribe the manner in which data are to be input into the model to quantify the greenhouse gas intensity of bio-based content, as required under the forthcoming amendments to O. Reg. 535/05 and O. Reg. 97/14.

The proposed guide will also include a process by which fuel suppliers can request the designated Ministry Director for a method to calculate the greenhouse gas intensity of emerging renewable fuel technologies that are not listed in the model.
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December 16, 2019
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January 15, 2020