Since 2017, the government of Canada has been developing the Clean Fuel Standard (CFS), a low carbon fuel standard-type policy, to reduce the lifecycle carbon intensity of fuels and energy used in Canada. The CFS aims to achieve 30 million tonnes CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) of annual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2030. Although not as high profile as carbon pricing and certainly more complex, the CFS has the potential to have a much greater impact on the structure and performance of Canada’s energy system.
The CFS regulations will cover all fossil fuels used in Canada, but will set separate requirements for fuels based upon their state of matter: liquid, gaseous, or solid. The CFS is being developed in a phased approach. Regulations for the liquid fossil fuel class are currently under development, with draft regulations planned for publication by early 2020 and final regulations by early 2021. Draft regulations for the gaseous and solid fuel classes are targeted for publication in 2021, with final regulations in 2022.
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