TORONTO, Ont. -- The province of Ontario has announced a new biodiesel mandate, which will require a 2% biofuel component in on- and off-road diesel beginning in April 2014, and ramping up to 4% in 2015.
The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) said it will be raising concerns about the new requirement with the province.
It has until December to raise issues with the new requirement, and to outline any impact the new rule could have on the industry. The OTA says it questions the need for a biodiesel requirement, in light of new greenhouse gas emissions reductions that are being achieved by vehicle OEMs beginning in 2014.
“Following the consultations, OTA expects the government to make a final decision in the early new year about moving forward with a mandate, potentially leaving fuel suppliers with little time to react in the event the proposal is in fact implemented in April 2014,” the association said in a release.