Ethanol’s Potential Contribution to Canada’s Transportation Sector

The Conference Board of Canada, 68 pages, November 7, 2011
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This report examines four questions regarding ethanol in Canada. It also examines policy objectives that underpin government support of the ethanol industry.

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Ethanol is a clean transportation fuel that has a positive energy balance, reduces GHG emissions, and contributes to energy self-sufficiency. It can contribute to reducing Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Ethanol reduces GHG emissions relative to gasoline by between 40 and 62 per cent, depending on agricultural practices and production technologies.

Ethanol’s Potential Contribution to Canada’s Transportation Sector examines four questions regarding ethanol in Canada:

  1. What are the economic impacts of manufacturing and using ethanol in Canada?
  2. How green is ethanol?
  3. What is the impact of ethanol on Canadian public health?
  4. What is the energy balance in producing ethanol?

In addition, the report examines the policy objectives that underpin government support of the ethanol industry, comparing key elements to other nations.

Next-generation technologies, high-blend infrastructure, flex-fuel vehicles, and supporting policies could extend the role ethanol plays in Canada’s transportation markets.

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