TORONTO — Sarah Petrevan, policy director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement regarding the updated timeline of the federal government’s clean fuel standard.
“The clean fuel standard is one of the federal government’s most important climate-pollution-fighting policies, and we’re pleased to see the government remains committed to it.
“While development of the regulations has been delayed, we recognize the importance of getting it right. Fortunately, this delay will not impact when the regulation comes into effect. After all, climate action and a thoughtful response to the global COVID-19 crisis go hand-in-hand—a point often missed by those who would rather go backward.
“A national clean fuel standard will help shift our economy to the more sustainable one Canada needs and Canadians broadly support. And because the clean fuel standard is technology-neutral—allowing businesses to meet the requirements in the manner they deem most cost-efficient—it is a highly flexible, low-cost way to combat climate change. It’s precisely the sort of climate policy industry should support: one that signals the destination and encourages innovative ways to reach it.”
- The publication of proposed regulations for the liquid fuel class of the clean fuel standard has been delayed to fall 2020 from its previously anticipated release in the first quarter of this year.
- The federal government is still aiming to introduce the liquid fuel regulations in 2022.