December 6 (Renewables Now) - The Canadian province of Ontario has proposed to increase ethanol blending requirements to 10% from 2020.
Currently, gasoline sold in Ontario must contain an annual average of at least 5% ethanol.
The proposed changes were published by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change last week. A 55-day public comment period began on November 29.
The amendments will also require ethanol to emit significantly fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than petroleum gasoline from 2020 and will expand support to encompass emerging technologies like renewable gasoline and biocrude.
Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) applauded the publication of the proposal. Its chair Jim Grey, who is chief executive of IGPC Ethanol Inc, said that moving to a 10% ethanol mandate will generate a substantial reduction in GHG emissions, while creating jobs and economic growth.