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Biofuels in Canada 2021: Tracking biofuel consumption, feedstocks and avoided greenhouse gas emissions

November, 2021

Summary

Navius Research has released the 2021 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.

Highlights:

  • Ethanol consumption has increased from roughly 1,700 million liters in 2010 to 2,985 million liters in 2019 (down by 1.6% since 2018), accounting for 6.5% of the volume of blended gasoline fuel.
  • Renewable fuel consumption in the diesel pool increased from 160 million litres in 2010 to 792 million liters in 2019 (11% more than in 2018), accounting for 2.9% of the volume of blended diesel fuel.
  • Annual avoided lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions resulting from biofuel consumption were 5.8 Mt/yr in 2019 (3.8% larger than in 2018), with cumulative avoided greenhouse gases since 2010 reaching 45.6 Mt. Average abatement savings/costs from the consumers’ perspective is -136 $/tCO2e in the ethanol pool and 140 $/tCO2e in the diesel pool.
  • On net, we estimate that biofuel consumption reduced fuel expenditures in Canada by $2 billion, or about 0.2%, from 2010 through 2019, relative to a counterfactual scenario without biofuel consumption.

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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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