In late 2018, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) released a long-awaited document to create a regulatory framework for Canada's Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) that began to account for the amount of blended renewable diesel, HVO, in fossil diesel. The provinces and the federal government launched several initiatives aimed at stimulating technological innovation in different sectors, such as transportation, sales incentives for so-called zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) and Alberta has a grant programme to support on-farm producers of liquid biofuels.
Although Canadian biofuel production through advanced technology platforms is limited, federal and provincial policy incentives favouring lower carbon-intensity biofuels would provide additional support for advanced biofuel production in Canada. Two Canadian companies have achieved, or will soon achieve, commercial-scale production. Enerkem and Ensyn Technologies Inc. used biomass waste and kanadated cooking oil as feedstock.
Canada imports large volumes of renewable diesel derived from hydrogenation, HVO, but there is no specific commercial code for this product and the few companies
code for this product and the few supplying companies do not share sales data. Sources report that
renewable diesel has been labelled under different codes over time, including even biodiesel although its chemical characteristics are different.
although their chemical characteristics are different.
In Canada there are a few filling stations already offering HVO100 for sale to the general public, while still a very limited network of filling stations, the prospect for growth seems clear.