9th Annual Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit
Monday, December 3, 2012 at 1:00 PM - Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 4:00 PM (MST)
Sustainable, Secure & Diverse Energy Now!
Fossil fuels are an integral part of the global economy, and will be for many years to come. But that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to introduce alternatives into Canada’s energy mix or explore new, innovative fuel sources.
Canada is in a unique position. We have the resources, the science, the technology and the knowledge to become world leaders in renewable fuels—meeting not only our domestic energy demands but also serving the international market, and setting a new global standard for cleaner energy in the process. To do that, we need the right support—from government, the private sector and the public.
To make the most of Canada’s opportunity to lead the world in renewable fuels and sustainable technologies, we need to continue down the path of diversifying our energy mix.
We have the information and the research to move forward. We’ve made the right investments, and we know what works. There’s no reason to wait, but with rising energy demands (and costs), there are plenty of reasons not to.
To transform our past achievements into the foundation for Canada’s energy future, more work needs to be done.
The government’s Renewable Fuels Strategy is a step in the right direction. Investing 1.5 billion dollars into renewable fuel production will give us the opportunity to establish ourselves as major players in the energy sector, while a mandated percentage of renewable content in gasoline and the distillate pool—the annual production/importation of fuel—will help the industry continue to grow and stabilize.
But we need to go further.
Advanced biofuels can be formally included in the federal alternative energy agenda to spark further investment and innovation. We know ethanol and biodiesel work, but what other ideas, approaches and technologies can propel Canada to the forefront of renewable energy research?
We also need to increase biofuel levels in the transportation fuel mix, and push for the adoption of flex-fuel vehicles, stimulating the infrastructure of blender pumps and biofueling stations we need to green Canada’s major transportation corridors.
These are lofty goals, but they’re well within reach with the right mix of government support and private investment. While innovation and advancement will always come from private sector, government can help with targeted tax measures, funding and safety nets for entrepreneurs.
Here in Canada, we have everything we need to lead the world in renewable fuels while creating jobs, reducing emissions and growing our economy. We’ve got the talent, the resources and the expertise to diversify and strengthen our energy mix. Most importantly, we’ve got the opportunity to change the way the world uses energy, and the responsibility to make it happen.
Founded in 1984, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) works to promote and advance the use of renewable fuels for transportation – to protect our environment by reducing harmful emissions and to grow our economy by creating the good, green-energy jobs of the future.
CRFA members and supporting organizations provide Canadians with renewable, clean-burning Ethanol and Biodiesel – fuels that help fight climate change and combat pollution and smog. At the same time, they are working to develop the next generation of Biofuels, which will provide even greater environmental and economic benefits.
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