Renewable & Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation

The Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Renewable & Low Carbon Fuel Requirements) Act and the Renewable & Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation were introduced to:

  • Reduce British Columbia's reliance on non-renewable fuels
  • Help reduce the environmental impact of transportation fuels
  • Contribute to a new low-carbon economy

Between 2010 and 2012, the release of over 2.3 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions was avoided under the Regulation — more than the total emissions of all cars in Vancouver over two years. These significant reductions were achieved without limiting the various ways in which British Columbians use their vehicles. For more information, see:

Part 2 of the Act establishes renewable fuel content requirements for gasoline and diesel sold in British Columbia:

  • Fuel suppliers must ensure that they have a minimum renewable fuel content of five percent (5%) for gasoline and four percent (4%) for diesel, on a provincial annual average basis
  • Fuel suppliers have the flexibility to vary their blend percentages and can choose where in the province they supply renewable fuel blends, as long as they meet the provincial annual average requirement for renewable fuel content

Part 3 of the Act establishes low carbon fuel requirements for fuels sold in British Columbia:

  • Fuel suppliers must progressively decrease the average carbon intensity of their fuels to achieve a 10% reduction in 2020 relative to 2010

Under the Regulation, fuel suppliers choose their own approach for compliance with Part 3 requirements. Fuel suppliers may choose to:

  • Supply more low carbon fuels
  • Acquire credits through a Part 3 Agreement
  • Trade credits with other suppliers

Credit Transfer Activity

Reported to the Ministry as of December 31, 2016:

Number of transfers: 17

Number of credits transferred: 213,0001

Average price per credit (CAD): $171 2,3

1  Rounded to the nearest thousand

2  Excludes credit transfers reported with a zero price

3   Rounded to the nearest dollar

Climate Action

The Renewable & Low Carbon Fuels program contributes to B.C.’s leadership in taking action on climate change.

B.C.’s Climate Leadership Plan (August 2016) includes the commitment to increase the Low Carbon Fuel Standard to require 15% lower carbon intensity over 2010 levels by 2030.

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