Canada will delay new standard for fuel emissions by seven months.
The standard is one of the key pieces of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to cut national emissions by 40-45% by 2030, from 2005 levels.
Under the Clean Fuel Standard, fuel suppliers will need to cut the carbon intensity – the quantity of carbon per unit of energy – of gasoline and diesel by about 15% by 2030 from 2016 levels, up from 13% in previous drafts of the regulation.
Fuel providers need to begin complying with the fuel standard on July 1, 2023, seven months later than the government was planning.
The Trudeau government first proposed the Clean Fuel Standard in 2016, and initially intended it to cover liquid, gaseous and solid fuels. It later focused on gasoline and diesel.
That narrowed focus and loopholes for fuel providers to apply credits have produced a watered-down version of what Ottawa initially envisioned, said Keith Stewart, senior energy strategist at Greenpeace Canada.
He added that the government appears to have now raised the standard’s stringency to offset some of the moves it made earlier to weaken the regulation.