Renewable Fuels Association Gets New Name

The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association has adopted a new name that it says reflects the diversity of companies that operate in Canada’s bioeconomy.

The former CRFA re-launched under the name Renewable Industries Canada, or RICanada, on Thursday.

“Our industry and membership have been hard at work growing their businesses and diversifying their products beyond liquid transportation fuels for some time. The new
design of the Association better reflects the impact our member companies have on the Canadian energy landscape, as well as their role in building Canada’s bio-based economy and meeting GHG emission reduction targets,” explained president Andrea Kent.

RICanada’s membership includes more than 30 companies and organizations, including Grain Farmers of Ontario. The group was started in 1984 with the goal of promoting the use of products made from renewable resources.

The non-profit organization is currently proposing increasing Canadian ethanol and biodiesel mandates, noted chair Jim Grey: “The proposal would see the mandated amount of ethanol blended into Canadian gasoline increased to 10% and the biodiesel content of diesel fuel increased from 2% to 5%. If enacted, it would remove an additional one million cars from the road, bringing the total amount of GHG emission reductions to almost 9 megatonnes.”

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