Biofuels in Canada 2018: Tracking biofuel consumption, feedstocks and avoided greenhouse gas emissions

Michael Wolinetz
Mikela Hein

July, 2018


Navius Research has released the 2018 edition of the “Biofuels in Canada” report. This report uses public data to catalog the volume of transportation biofuels consumed in each Canadian province while estimating the impact of biofuel consumption on greenhouse gas emissions and transportation energy costs.


  • Ethanol consumption has increased from roughly 1,700 million liters in 2010 to 2,850 million liters in 2016, accounting for over 6% of fuel consumption in the gasoline pool.
  • Renewable fuel consumption in the diesel pool was 540 million liters in 2016, accounting for roughly 2% of diesel fuel consumption.
  • Annual avoided lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions resulting from biofuel consumption were 4.1 Mt/yr in 2016.
  • On net, we estimate that biofuel consumption reduced fuel expenditures in Canada by 0.26% from 2010 to 2016, relative to a counterfactual scenario without biofuel consumption.
  • The cost impact is equivalent to an average $16/yr savings for an archetypal gasoline consumer (i.e. private light-duty vehicle) or an additional cost of $223/yr for an archetypal diesel consumer (i.e. a long-haul trucker).

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This study was commissioned and funded by Advanced Biofuels Canada.

To learn more about this research, please contact Michael Wolinetz.

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