Biodiesel leads GHG reductions in British Columbia fuels
The government of British Columbia has released 2012 emissions reduction results from the province's renewable and low carbon fuel regulation. More than 900,000 tons of greenhouse gases were removed from BC’s motor fuels, the equivalent of taking 189,000 cars off the road. Biodiesel use contributed the single largest reduction (33 percent of total), eliminating more than 296,000 tons of greenhouse gases.
The Western Canada Biodiesel Association has worked with the BC government since 2005 on market-based solutions to reduce greenhouse gas and other air contaminants from the combustion of fossil diesel fuels. On a full life-cycle basis, biodiesel produced in western Canada reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 87 to 94 percent below petroleum diesel.
“This is a remarkable accomplishment,” said Ian Thomson, WCBA President. “Low carbon fuels deliver cleaner air for BC’s cities and towns, real action on climate change, and jobs in BC from clean and renewable technologies. The province has been recognized globally for its leadership and these results are proof that the BC approach is working.”