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 2016, the release of over 6.37 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions was avoided under the Regulation. 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