Anyone who manufactures fuel in British Columbia or imports it into the province is considered to be a fuel supplier and must comply with the Renewable & Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation.
The BC-LCFS has two main requirements implemented to reduce B.C.'s reliance on non-renewable fuels, reduce the environmental impact of transportation fuels, and spur growth in the clean fuels industry in B.C.
Annual carbon intensity targets. The Regulation sets increasingly stringent carbon intensity reduction targets each year.
Minimum renewable content. The Regulation requires a 5% annual average renewable content in gasoline and 4% renewable content in diesel.
BC-LCFS extended to 2030 and beyond
The BC-LCFS has been one of the Province’s most successful emission reductions policies, achieving significant reductions in air pollution from the transportation sector. Last year we committed under CleanBC to expand the BC-LCFS by setting a carbon intensity reduction target of 20% in 2030. Recent amendments to the LCFS implement this commitment.
The regulation will require fuel suppliers to reduce the average carbon intensity of their fuels by 1.09% annually starting in 2020. The new carbon reduction schedule includes a relaxation of the 10% reduction target for 2020 slightly (to 9.1%) to take some of the pressure off the oil and gas sector as it deals with the significant economic impacts resulting from an unprecedented global drop in crude oil prices combined with lower demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new reductions schedule is as follows:
|Carbon Intensity Limit for Diesel
Class Fuel (g CO2e/MJ)
|Carbon Intensity Limit for Gasoline
Class Fuel (g CO2e/MJ)
|2030 and subsequent compliance periods||-20%||75.81||70.51|
Exemption. The Regulation allows companies supplying less than 75 million litres of fuel in 2020 to apply for exemption from the renewable or the low carbon fuel requirements. The limit is reduced to 25 million litres for the 2021 compliance period, and 200,000 litres starting in 2022. Visit Exemption for more information regarding the exemption limit.
Each compliance period is the calendar year from January 1 to December 31. Compliance reports are due on March 31 following each compliance period.
Reporting documents for the 2020 Compliance Period are due on March 31, 2021.
For more information, see:
- Compliance Reporting Requirements (RLCF-003)
- Carbon Intensity Records (RLCF-006)
- Exclusion Agreements and Reports (RLCF-015)
- Fuel Identification Requirements (RLCF-016)
Compliance and Exclusion Reporting are managed through the Transportation Fuels Reporting System.
Labelling requirements are in place to inform consumers where blend levels may exceed engine manufacturer’s recommended levels.