Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

January 22, 2008 13:08 ET

Government of Canada and Province of Alberta Announce Investment in Canada's Emerging Renewable Diesel Industry

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 22, 2008) - The Government of Canada and Province of Alberta are investing more than $2.6 million to demonstrate the effectiveness of renewable diesel fuels in harsh Canadian weather. This announcement was made today by Ken Epp, Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Sherwood Park, on behalf of the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, at the launch of the Alberta Renewable Diesel Demonstration.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support Climate Change Central's project to study the effects of Canada's winters on renewable diesel performance," said Mr. Epp. "This project will help in the development of future fuels to benefit the environment, Alberta farmers, industry, and ultimately, all Canadians."

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's national Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) program and Alberta Energy are each providing $1.3 million in funding to assist with Climate Change Central's plan to demonstrate the quality and performance of renewable diesel. The Alberta Renewable Diesel Demonstration project will provide real-world experience for fuel distributors and users by running the fuel in commercial trucks. Over the next 10 months, an estimated 60 vehicles will run on renewable diesel blends B2 and B5 to test for performance, cold weather operability and impact on engine components.

"Alberta is committed to encouraging bio-energy development and is proud to take such a role in these important demonstrations," said Mel Knight, Minister of Energy in Alberta. "Demonstrating the performance of renewable diesel in Canada's climate conditions is key to integrating this fuel into our diesel supply."

"Climate Change Central is pleased to have the support of both the Canadian and Alberta governments, as well as industry partners, in demonstrating the future of renewable diesel use in Canada," said Simon Knight, President and CEO of Climate Change Central. "Integrating renewable diesel into our fuel supply will reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as help stretch our existing fossil fuel resources."

The announcement is part of the Government of Canada's $2.2 billion commitment to boosting renewable content in gasoline and diesel fuels, and will also lead to new market opportunities for Canada's agricultural producers.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Todd MacKay
    Director of Communications
    613-759-1059
    or
    Alberta Energy Communications
    Sean Beardow
    780-422-3786