Clean Fuel Standard success stories


The Clean Fuel Standard will be both an economic policy that will drive innovation and create good jobs across our economy, and an environmental policy that will reduce emissions and ensure Canada can exceed its 2030 emissions reduction target and be on a path to get to net-zero by 2050.

Learn how some of Canada’s clean technology and low carbon fuel leaders are helping to transition our economy to cleaner fuels and creating new jobs.

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Leaders in the transition to cleaner fuels

Lion Electric

Lion Electric, based in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec, is an innovative manufacturer of zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles, including electric buses and trucks. Their all-electric vehicles are a positive step towards fighting climate change and helping to keep our air cleaner and communities healthier. The company’s electric school buses are already in use in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, as well as in multiple states across the United States, including California, New York and Illinois. Recently, Lion Electric agreed to provide Canadian National (CN) Rail with 50 zero-emission trucks. This purchase will help CN remove 100 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually and avoid noise pollution.

Over the last decade, Lion has established itself as a leader in the all-electric school bus industry, having delivered over 300 such school buses in Canada and the U.S. It has the capacity to produce 2,500 vehicles per year. This is creating new well-paying jobs in the Canadian automotive sector.

When Canadian municipalities and their fleets switch to cleaner driving vehicles, they could be eligible to earn valuable credits under Canada’s Clean Fuel Regulations.

Surrey, British Columbia

The City of Surrey, B.C.’s, biofuel facility transforms the city’s food scrap waste into clean fuel (renewable natural gas) that is used to heat municipal buildings and will fuel the city’s garbage trucks. It is estimated that this cuts emissions equivalent to removing 10,000 cars off the road each year. Providing eligible clean fuel to Canada can earn valuable credits under the proposed Clean Fuel Standard.

Carbon Engineering

Carbon Engineering, based in Squamish BC, has developed innovative technology that removes carbon dioxide from the air, so it can be stored permanently or transformed into a clean fuel that can be used to power businesses and transportation.

Their new Innovation Centre will open in the fall of 2021, and it will support the creation of many good local jobs in the Lower Mainland.

Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard will increase the market demand for this type of clean technology and clean fuels. As Canada’s low-carbon economy continues to grow, it will create new opportunities for Carbon Engineering, and companies like it, to continue to innovate, to grow and create high-quality jobs, and to find new markets around the world for their solutions.

Nuseed Carinata

Nuseed is a global company, with research and development located in Saskatoon, and a corporate office in Calgary. The company produces Nuseed Carinata, a non-food oilseed cover crop first developed in Canada that is an ideal feedstock for renewable fuels.

In addition, Nuseed Carinata is one of the lowest carbon footprint feedstocks available. Nuseed Carinata production removes carbon from the air and sequesters it into the soil, substantially reducing greenhouse gases, and improving soil health while reducing erosion.

The Clean Fuel Standard will promote research and development and innovation in agriculture towards new feedstocks like Nuseed Carinata, which could provide Canadian farmers with opportunities to diversify their crops and expand their business. Companies such as Nuseed may see increased demand for their crop to produce low carbon fuels in Canada.

Anessa Biogas Software

Anessa is a New Brunswick-based software company. Their award-winning software helps engineers and investors make important decisions about the design and construction of new biogas projects. It also helps operators of existing biogas production facilities maximize energy output and revenue. 

This kind of technology will be important under Canada’s Clean Fuel Regulations as industry needs more access to clean fuels like biogas. More biogas facilities are expected to be built and Anessa’s innovative technology will support engineers and construction workers in making decisions on the design of these facilities. In the low carbon economy, companies like Anessa would have increased opportunities to expand into new markets.

PlanET Biogas Solutions

Since 2006, PlanET Biogas Solutions has been developing renewable natural gas projects across Canada. Its largest Canadian facility opened in 2013 in Lethbridge, Alberta. It has steadily produced enough biogas to power 3,000 homes.

The company does this by taking manure from local farms and food scraps from nearby food processing facilities and turning it a clean fuel called biogas. The leftover solids from this process are used by farmers as a fertilizer that has less odour because climate warming methane emissions from that soil have been reduced by 90%.

PlanET’s scalable and modular technology can be tailored for a variety of farms or food processing facilities. This makes it possible for farmers or food manufacturers to recycle their waste and generate biogas, which they can sell to be used as Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) or clean electricity.

The Clean Fuel Regulations have prompted PlanET to invest and expand its technology. With the first of several projects in Western Canada already under construction, jobs are being created in our rural communities.  RNG plants that produce clean fuel may be eligible to create credits under the Clean Fuel Regulations.

Greenfield Global

Greenfield Global is Canada’s leading producer of low-carbon ethanol and operates four ethanol distilleries in Ontario and Quebec, including a biorefinery in Varennes, Quebec. Greenfield also operates five specialty chemical manufacturing and packaging plants in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Each year, Greenfield produces about 200 million litres of renewable, low-carbon ethanol fuel at its biorefinery in Varennes, Quebec.

Ethanol is a high-octane, economical, clean-burning fuel made from starch-based crops, often from local farmers. Most gasoline sold in Canada already contains some ethanol, which reduces air pollution and cuts greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuel. The higher the ethanol blend in gasoline, the greater the carbon reductions and lower the greenhouse gas emissions will be.

The proposed Clean Fuel Regulations would allow renewable fuel producers to generate credits based on the carbon reductions their fuels create. These credits can be sold to fossil fuel suppliers to help them meet their compliance obligation.

Greenfield’s Varennes facility is powered, in part, by renewable biogas produced by the adjacent SEMECS (Société d’économie mixte de l’est de la couronne sud) anaerobic digestion facility, which shrinks the facility’s carbon footprint and lowers the carbon intensity of the ethanol being produced. The Clean Fuel Regulations use a lifecycle approach for measuring carbon intensity. Low carbon fuel produced at a facility that is partly powered by renewable biogas may be eligible to create more Clean Fuel Regulations credits than a similar quantity of ethanol produced conventionally.

Greenfield continues to innovate and be a leader in renewable energy. In November 2019, Greenfield announced a joint venture with Hy2gen Canada to build and operate a facility to produce hydrogen, biomethane and biomethanol. This facility will be adjacent to Greenfield’s existing biorefinery and powered by hydroelectricity, ultimately helping Greenfield further lower its carbon intensity. Companies that lower the carbon intensity of the low carbon fuel they supply to Canada may be eligible to create earn more credits under the Clean Fuel Regulations.

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