GUELPH, ON (April 3, 2014) – Grain Farmers of Ontario commends the Government of Ontario for introducing the new Greener Diesel mandate.
Ontario’s new Greener Diesel mandate will provide environmental benefits, support the creation of jobs, generate economic activity, and will establish a new market for soybeans grown in Ontario.
“The creation of an Ontario Greener Diesel mandate will reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by the transportation sector and will help build a market for made-in-Ontario soy biodiesel,” says Henry Van Ankum, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Local fuel made from soybeans reduces greenhouse gas emission in vehicles up to 85 percent and the mandate will provide a potential market for 680,000 tonnes of soybeans.”
The Greener Diesel mandate requires a two percent inclusion of biodiesel in Ontario effective immediately, and a four percent inclusion by the beginning of 2017. When fully implemented, the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions will be the equivalent to removing 280,000 cars per year off the road.
The development and support of a local, domestic biofuels and bioproducts market is a priority for Grain Farmers of Ontario. The biofuels and bioproducts industry is an important market for grains and oilseeds farmers across the province.
Creating new markets takes a commitment and collaboration between government and industry. “We were pleased we could work with our partners at the Ontario government and the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association to initiate this Greener Diesel mandate and grow this market for our Ontario farmers,” added Van Ankum.
Grain Farmers of Ontario
Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.