Renewable Fuel Standards Within a Low Carbon Fuel Strategy

The Conference Board of Canada, April 6, 2017
Recorded Webinar
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Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transportation sector is a multi-faceted issue with no single solution. Governments in Canada are looking for solutions to further transform the transportation sector away from fossil fuels by introducing policies like low carbon fuels standards.

The existing Federal Renewable Fuels Standard (i.e. the ethanol blend mandate) has played a key role in reducing the carbon intensity of gasoline. This webinar will examine policy options surrounding new fuel standards and how Renewable Fuels Standards work within a low carbon fuels framework to reduce the carbon intensity of Canada’s transportation sector.

Webinar Highlights

Join environmental and climate experts Dr. Mark Jaccard, renowned professor and author, and Gord Miller, ecologist, environmental policy analyst and former Environment Commissioner of Ontario, to discuss policy options for ethanol within a low carbon fuel standard.

Together, Dr. Jaccard and Mr. Miller will focus on the following:

  • How do volume requirements and low carbon fuels policies work together? What are the lessons from other jurisdictions that have implemented low carbon fuel regulations?
  • What policies best ensure the retail availability of low-carbon fuel alternatives to gasoline necessary to meet GHG reduction targets? Can this be achieved through a low carbon fuels framework alone?
  • Policy options to expand the distribution infrastructure to achieve higher blend levels and maximize environmental and health benefits of ethanol in gasoline.

About Mark

Dr. Mark Jaccard is a professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University. His PhD is from the Energy Economics and Policy Institute at the University of Grenoble. He has published over 100 academic papers, most of these related to the design and application of energy-economy models that assess the effectiveness of sustainable energy and climate policies. For his research, he was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2009 and British Columbia’s Academic of the Year in 2008. He has contributed to several major processes and assessments, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (93-96 and 2010-2012), the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (1995-2001 and 2007-2009), Canada’s National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (2006-2009), British Columbia’s Climate Action Team (2007-2009), and the Global Energy Assessment (2008-2012). In 2006, his book, Sustainable Fossil Fuels, won the Donner Prize for top policy book in Canada.

About Gord

Gord Miller is an ecologist and environmental policy analyst with many years of experience. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Guelph and has worked in the manufacturing industry and consulting business as well as in academia as a professor. However most of his career has been spent in the public sector starting as a scientist with the Ministry of the Environment and concluding his career by serving three five year terms as Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner. In that role he was an independent Officer of the Legislative Assembly overseeing and critically evaluating government decision-making on the environment, climate change and energy conservation. Gord retired from that role in May of 2015. He now does public speaking on environment and energy topics and occasional consulting projects. He also chairs the Board of Directors for Earthroots the environmental group and the Public Advisory Board of the Canadian Electricity Association.

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