Consultations on the discussion paper were held on the Environmental and Regulatory registries from January 11th to March 12th, 2017 and meetings were held with key stakeholders.
Based on consultation feedback received from key stakeholders regarding the potential for overlap and duplication between a modern renewable fuel standard for gasoline in Ontario and the developing federal Clean Fuels Standard (CFS), the ministry recognizes that the CFS could contribute to Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan commitment to reduce GHG emissions from gasoline. As a first step, the Ministry is proposing to amend existing renewable fuel regulations to increase ethanol blending requirements, improve the environmental performance of fuels, and recognize emerging clean fuel technologies.
On November 25, 2016, the government of Canada announced that it would consult to develop a Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions through the increased use of lower carbon fuels and alternative technologies. Federal consultations on the CFS are currently ongoing. The Ministry will continue to engage the federal government and monitor progress and impacts on Ontario when considering any additional measures to increase the use and availability of low carbon fuels in Ontario.