Ontario’s ‘greener’ diesel mandate takes effect

Ontario’s plan to ease its way toward mandatory minimum biodiesel content of four per cent in regular diesel is underway, starting with a two per cent mandate as of April 1.

As announced Thursday, and running until the end of 2015, all fuel suppliers will be required to ensure the diesel they place in the Ontario market includes an average adjusted volume of two per cent “bio-based” diesel.

The mandatory percentage is to rise to three per cent biofuel on Jan. 1, 2016, then to four per cent starting Jan. 1, 2017.

The province noted the new regulation “delays the full implementation by one year” from what it had previously proposed, and adds the intermediary phase “to provide more time for investments in infrastructure.”